Exit Signs

Exit Signs

To Catch You, mixed media, 2021

opera
a theme for belonging 

moment of inner peace
a hawk cries 
the violin is under snow

a poem 
that isn’t what it ought to be

a mock waterfall
an oboe 
playing polka dots with your eyes

a knock at the door
the kind of self-deception 
that is necessary for survival

if i smoked, this cigarette 
would taste of pomegranates and
swarming streets

sentimental
impersonal as a snail

my body is
the shape of twilight 
overflows garden walls, exit signs
dances without looking

You can find my latest chapbook, Has Had Paradise: A Poetry Collection in my Etsy shop, along with art prints for To Catch You and other handmade collages.

9 responses to “Exit Signs”

  1. Gorgeous! Of course. ✨ I was going to write a standout line, but there are too many.
    I mentioned your book and art in my post today. Hope you don’t mind. 😄 You know I am a fan of your art. Best to you!

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  2. So many good lines throughout this one..wow..”a knock at the door the kind of self-deception
    that is necessary for survival” is such truth placed perfectly within the poem..and the closing stanza “my body is the shape of twilight overflows garden walls, exit signs dances without looking” brings such a strong visual to my mind…dancing effortlessly, without looking, my movement overflowing…as I move with a cigarette that tastes like it was meant for me…and yet meant for no one…or everyone…well done, my friend.

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    • Thank you so much, my friend! Your analyses always read like a kind of poetic criticism. I’m happy the poem resonates, and I love your understanding of it. I hope you have a great week!

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