THREE

POEMS

by Katy Lederer

Numbers

 

For I have— 
And I have 
My reach in this 
Thing— 

And I am some— 
Two men— 
That he—but he 
Did not— 

Why one—so that 
I am— 

And one had some— 
I am— 

We had some— 
If one some— 

Is that—if 
Two did— 

But all try— 
Their something: 

One did—he 
Did want to— 

The other did not

Repeated Omission

For I have— 
And I have 
My reach in this 
Thing— 

And I am some— 
Two men— 
That he—but he 
Did not— 

Why one—so that 
I am— 

And one had some— 
I am— 

We had some— 
If one some— 

Is that—if 
Two did— 

But all try— 
Their something: 

One did—he 
Did want to— 

The other did not

Pulling It Off

 

 

He touched her— 
The table came off 

She took this— 
He did— 

It came off—and 
The table— 

Came off 
He put his hands 

Out— 
Imagine it 

Off—it came 
Off

Katy Lederer is the author of the poetry collections Winter Sex (Verse/Wave) and The Heaven-Sent Leaf (BOA Editions), as well as the memoir Poker Face: A Girlhood Among Gamblers (Crown). These poems are from a forthcoming collection titled The bright red horse--and the blue--. She lives in Brooklyn.

 

 

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