Blue Hour

The last late rain-scaled light has swum
along the office wall.
An aggrieved

mosquito-whine of all you’ve not achieved
needles. But your pen’s aphasic.
Each hypnotic tick

of keyboard pecked by finger
only deepens torpor.
Sleep you’ve skimped

drapes its limp
gauze across your focus.
You yawn, procrastinate,

succumb, drawn downward
into an abyss
of click-bait,

the screen a lamp
you cannot brush the charred
moths of your attention from.

It’s too late for caffeine,
too early for wine, this hour between
dog walk and wolf whistle,

the daymind and its …

Self-Portrait As Hit Me Baby One More Time | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Self-Portrait As Hit Me Baby One More Time

Britney Spears, I can hear the static
you make from here. The bass line
beams low and clear across state lines,

they say. Do you miss indifferent
gas station attendants …

B L O O D   P A P A Y A | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

B L O O D   P A P A Y A

Let’s have a compote duel:
Sweet against sweet
Liqueur against liqueur

Conceptually, I love you
Earthy truffle oil
The pressure to be with you
Is raw garlic
May require
A summer …

Europe | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Europe

On a too hot bus, my sister and I traveled through fields of sunflowers.

Because we couldn’t stop arguing, we sat rows apart.

I see us staring out the windows. Or eating …

No Earth Survives a Country | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

No Earth Survives a Country

after Samiya Bashir

Long: a measurement; the distance it takes to remember.

Remember: everything that had to fall.

Fall: the end of summer’s tyranny.

Tyranny: some part of us we could not love.

Love: absent …

Marina Abramović’s Gaze | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Marina Abramović’s Gaze

I find her seated at the kitchen table at two a.m.,
her red dress a large heart in the dark’s chest.

I flip the light switch: she stares past the …