Wednesday’s horoscope warns about playing the game I’m in.

A psychic stops me in the shelves to say the writing knows what it wants.

By this line of thinking, I am to the air I breathe

what a pig is to water. What’s important is the difference itself,

the cold hard mouth of the world according to Bishop

to whom I’d surrender my lungs if this topography bore

any resemblance to the one in which sentences are cylindrical,

horizontally elongated as hammerhead snouts. I have fallen

out of grace with the internet. I told a man today about the dangers

of swimming in the Gulf at night, the shark breeding grounds,

shark run, a name the old salts kick around. What I felt in my chest

was this bouncing, like one of those balls with the lights inside,

which I interpreted as an earburst, i.e. nova,

that sometimes two people smashed together by coincidence

feel & feel until light consumes them, or they consume each other.

Sometimes I get tragic. You act like our love is so dire, my lover tells me.

I tell him it is just that. But he’s right—there’s nothing so dire

except the split second before death’s pin-prick, the emancipation

of ethos from which all consciousness springs.

I’ve fallen out of grace with every tingling moment, every body

I’d like to touch, every seminary of largess. I am not

what I thought I was—all that safety…poof.

 

 

 

 

Alexis Orgera
is the author of two books of poetry—How Like Foreign Objects and Dust Jacketthree chapbooks, and a forthcoming full-length collaboration with the poet Abraham Smith. Her poems, essays, interviews, and reviews can be found in Another Chicago Magazine, Denver Quarterly, DIAGRAM, Drunken Boat, Everyday Genius, Forklift Ohio, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, The Journal, jubilat, Memorious, Powder Keg, Prairie Schooner, The Rumpus, Typo, and elsewhere. She can be found online at alexisorgera.com
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