By Dorothy Barresi
Winner of the 1990 Barnard New girls Poets Prize.
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My last name creaks on sour hinges over the abandoned guesthouse, Vacancy, No Vacancy. When a red ball with gold stripes bounces into the street, I have not rolled it there: the wind forgets me easily, moves on. Foxgrape, bluebearded iris, the notched green of simple weeds swirls up where I used to stand. There is nothing else left, not love, but only its possibility, my sister and I untouched by all that might have been. Page 37 Venice Beach: Brief Song Maybe Zizi is right. Rocket a mile up, look back, and we're all just earthlings in restaurants talking low, trying to figure one thing out, or stop one thing from happening.
Sheets and towels, mostly. Diapers. We're orphans to the way she folds inside herself, each white flag raised and held a moment longer than anyone in this outpost of neediness can bear. In blue-white tones the screen describes the circumference of an exit wound or a pillbox hat. Page 10 But Mother is a dreamy girl again on Chicago's West Side, feeding cake from her fingertips to the laughing white-shoed academy boys. Not this ragged crew. This nightmare of attempted forgetting and only my brothers in Batman jammies crying lunch, lunch.
Page 33 Mystery Their words harden in the turning air, little earrings of light. I saw, I hate, you never. Ashtrays and pillows begin to orbit the room. Whatever furniture they have rears up on hind legs and howls. Not even the stove's clock can catch its breath when they argue. Its arms windmill, making the seasons slip a cog. A buckeye tree in the yard goes green to burnt orange in a matter of minutes. Their dog turns suddenly old and blind and cannot read the book of a dead sparrow held open in its paws.