Janelle Adsit is the author of the poetry collection Unremitting Entrance (2015). Her poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared in publications such as Confrontation, Caketrain, Mid-American Review, Colorado Review, and ForeWord.
Courting the Poet
She tells him to put his voice on tape so she can play it with other lovers—a way of imposing recognition.
His hands picked the thorns. She picked his hands by hand.
Afterward, a bath. Her body partially submerged, she found it difficult to breathe. The air felt like liquid. The earth, too, knew how to turn itself inside out.
How Long We Can Belong in Water
But still she will wash him. She wants his scalp to halt her fingers. But there will be only the glue of his hair tangling in the water’s surface like the lace of smoke.
The listeners cannot discern between the sound of holy and hold me.
She hasn’t seen him for eight months, seven days. Today she hears his name. Doesn’t look. So he stays.
If she was a woman who knew, she could tell you this much—
In Another’s Home
In a bedroom that always became hers, the sky was throwing up the organza of orange night. I will be the crayon drawings on the refrigerator, she tried to think.