Late Night Unspooling
Because what comes from the body
is a claim for the body. The bodymakes a claim on the air that surrounds
it by one millimeter like flowersmake a claim on their air with their outrageous
color, like bees do with vibration, oryoung men with anger. At night, when I
need to be calmed, I inhabit again the daysof my children’s births. The oldest one tipped
blue and staring, the youngest roundand tightly shut. Mine says the body
Mine mine mine. And it means around itthe soil and the air, the greening light
that comes from the exhalation of growthwhich is a plant’s only joy. On summer evenings
the child’s hair lifts up toward the roof as if the shapeof the roof could draw to it all unshapes
and make them triangular. Power is a stable base,is the eye opening for the first time—
the density of nothing and then sudden, shocking light.
Copyright © 2017 by Sarah Blackman
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Reproduced by Poetry Daily with permission
Sarah Blackman is the Director of Creative Writing at the Fine Arts Center, an arts magnet high school in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM and the founding editor of Crashtest, an online magazine for high school age writers and artists. Her short story collection, Mother Box, won the Ronald Sukenick Prize for Innovative Fiction and was published by FC2 in 2013. Her novel, Hex, came out with the same press in 2016.
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