poems

i have heard / (you used to speak)

your

: hot electric needle jumps across me

  tears and marks me, peerlessly adverse.

: unstructured violence a stately jolie-laide.

you used to

distort the thunders and marry me to discord.

i have backed

your elegant disaster. magnetic loveliness of failure.

 

reordering

drunk girls in the bathroom sound
of shod horses clattering backwards
unsteadily in the stalls.

electropop tuesday & no one wants
to venture out into the rain.

minutes before the explosion
that ruins the block with clapboard confetti
and canons

the cold air and
natural gas stove scent
of my grandmother’s montreal flat
jumps out of the juvenile memory

like the rabbit she served me
cooked mid-leap
jumped out of skin and coat.