Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Hand Carriage

Academic journal article Michigan Quarterly Review

Hand Carriage

Article excerpt

We postpone quickening, douse

fever's grip.

Chutes of air hunger propped

for a half-life, we tide ourselves over.

Darkness ricochets off fluorescent windows.

Even home hides in this fog.

The buildings bones broke

so things slipped through.

She said I speak small in your language

but if you like,

you could help me say this.

The scratches around the tube

in our baby's belly

are from the night mice.

Sometimes we didn't hear them

until they jumped from the bed.

Our baby couldn't cry the way

of other children.

Fall: an unintentional loss of balance

resulting in contact with the floor.

He said I called, but you couldn't see me.

I dreamt you were standing right here. …

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