TWO POEMS

by Amanda Killian

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Was Orpheus skyclad when he went down

on chunky alabaster Eurydice. I am 26

percent sure I am in love. Found

my husband. The ulcer of the Earth projected

rotating on his wall. Holistic

from the space station. He plays piano.

I smother when he fucks

up – I can do this. The sun sets in California.

Maybe If you love something let it go wasn’t

invented yet when he thought I must save

her with my music. Full of spiced zucchini

I would’ve rubbed my gut into the couch

and said  I am living. This counts.

 

 

 

Three Wakes

your eyes and don’t 

it’s not going to get better

know how to open and

forget again until tonight  

wake up feet wake up   

and belly slide your legs  

if you are lucky enough 

and with both legs together    

from the edge of the bed  

up and try not to be a rag but be

about to plant down some roots 

with the bottoms of

lucky enough to have

 

your feet down like getting

red filling your soles

filling your seat with

won’t think about other people

you should be standing

should be seeing all the things

your floor if you are lucky enough

 

before your eyes forget

 

 

 

turn over

but now

they will

say wake up  

knees and chin   

between  

to have 

hang them    

and push 

a tree

graze

your feet

a rug

 

up

swimming

weight

seeing

and now

there were

to have

 

to open

forget how

 

 

 

Open

No

your eyes

not

toes

and ear

the sheets

sheets

loose

your torso

that's

your rug

if you are

Press

is the color

up

you

Now

you

encrusting

a floor

Now

Amanda Killian is a poet living in Harlem. Her work has been featured on Everyday Genius, Yes Poetry, Prelude, Queen Mob's Teahouse, and Luna Luna Magazine. She has also been published in The Opiate and The Broome Street Review. She studies poetry at Brooklyn College.

 

 

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