Elegy

Lake Michigan is growing smaller. Each time I go home more of the beach shows its ratty, pocked face. I dream the Greeks are responsible, I see them— climbing the old peeling stairs. Each man carries a piece of lake up past

the gold shops, steaming bakeries, rows of fish and unpronounceable cheese. Back home the neighbors struggle to get their boats in the water. My father cuts open his toe swimming. When a new sandbar appears, it’s flagged

and named for its uncommon shape. Working faster and all the time now, the men are moving Lake Michigan. In a room I don’t remember, although the floor is familiar, I’ve surrendered to infection. Fever spreads

under my skin, concentrates at the tonsils. All the time the men marching— what looks like thick glass tucked under their arms. The hostel owner places olives on his tongue one at a time. His wife prays near the cash box.

When the doctor comes he kneels by the mattress I’ve made hot with fear, a silk curtain floats between his shoulders. He says go home. Your throat is closing. It’s not the lonely descent over Detroit that’s stale and grim, it’s what happens

to the northern woods. Everyone sleeping when I get there. The flag waves on the sandbar and Lake Michigan is gone. There are no sounds in the canyon. No sounds pass through the fields of bleached elk bones.

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  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Foreword xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Illusion of One 1
  • In Sleep the Brain Retrieves a Snake 5
  • Please Do Not Touch 7
  • Elegy 9
  • If I Think about It 10
  • Female Dorm, Barcelona 11
  • The Empty Museum 12
  • How Are You Feeling? 14
  • Cage 15
  • All Night I Felt My Teeth Loosening 17
  • Return 21
  • More Than One Way to Drown 22
  • To Know It Again 24
  • Olfaction 25
  • In My Kid Bed, Sleeping, Shotguns Stored below 26
  • Vision 27
  • Friendship South 30
  • What to Name This 31
  • The Same and the Next 32
  • Spoil Song 35
  • Desire 36
  • Trichotillomania 38
  • Staff after Hours 39
  • Crush 40
  • Audition 41
  • Gustation 42
  • Tryst 43
  • In a Time of Transition 45
  • Since He Asked 46
  • Marriage 47
  • Imperfectly Divided 51
  • Capgrass Syndrome 52
  • For Better 53
  • Problems to Solve- Methods Invented 54
  • Synaptic Sprawl 55
  • Cotard Syndrome 56
  • Café, Person Crying 57
  • Utility 59
  • Off Season 60
  • Notes 63
  • Poets out Loud - Prize Winners 66
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