By Sara Nicholson, from What the Lyric Is, a collection of poems that was published this month by Song Cave. Nicholson’s first book was The Living Method.
There is much I haven’t told you about
I am here
Reading a book in the dark.
My brain has a heart and the hollowed-out
Top of my skull is green and blue
And pink, like a sea cave.
My heart has a face. It is ugly
Like the world is. There is poetry
In the word poverty, a flower
That is in fact a symbol
That is ancient and difficult, difficult
And ancient. Utterly inaccessible
Because it is mine.