down by the water who can even remember

driving over the bridge at night

 

or cassette tapes: winding their unraveled

innards with a pencil, this reinsertion

 

of a familiar, slightly mangled melody—

the men with home-scratched

 

tattoos fishing the docks, a clear

jellyfish the size of a dime bag

 

bobbing in a plastic bucket

like a ziplock of organs, unmoored

 

resident, this moment of transit,

of taking a body, this boundary from which

 

something begins its presencing

 

 

 

meitnerErika Meitner is the author, most recently, of Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls (Anhinga Press, 2011) and Ideal Cities (HarperCollins, 2010), which was a 2009 National Poetry Series winner. Her fourth book, Copia, is forthcoming in the fall of 2014 from BOA Editions.  She is currently an associate professor of English at Virginia Tech, where she teaches in the MFA program.

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