Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

What's Bottled Breaks

Academic journal article Women's Studies Quarterly

What's Bottled Breaks

Article excerpt

Not at first

like the letter that doesn't come, but the one that does

& makes no sound as it holds the room.

This morning, rain

arrives on the sill & words rise to mind & fall like swells

on the piano & never cease to surprise, at least in Florida

with riptides & surrender. Sunshine State.

Between beaches,

just two days ago, I considered the world mapped.

Today the roads are rearranged & the cities mislabeled-

maybe the state is broken,

or my own is, or yours-

birds losing direction & sense, unbecoming themselves

in pulled feathers & song. Even the resident mockingbird

cleans her wings, shrugs.

What magnetism drives this?

Maybe the new moon is fornicating the sun,

& we'll have hurricanes in winter. …

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