Reveille with Kazoo

From your overlong, even invincible sleep;
from the pink and orange moth-scales
that collect on your mind like a dust;
from the stately plush where you jonah
in a bottled frigate’s belly;
from this lopsided aerie of marigold sheets:
wake up.
             Sleeper, your shoelaces knot
out of boredom. Light wants in your pockets
like money. Wake up from the torpors
of cat fur, from these lingerie dragnets
of lace. The swimming pools
of the future were born this morning
and tenderly swaddled in sun-lust.
Pamphlets announcing new flavors
of ice cream descend on the plaza
in a blitz of sugar. And under the bridge
an angel spray-paints her wings.


Poems from Reveille :

“Jellyfish” at Verse Daily / originally in Southern Poetry Review

“Cigarettes” at How a Poem Happens / originally in The Yale Review

“Heimlich for a Heavenly Windpipe” at Verse Daily / originally in FIELD

“Cradles” at Poetry Daily / originally in Southern Humanities Review

“Lullaby with Bourbon” at Verse Daily / originally in The Greensboro Review

“Python in a Grand Piano” at Narrative Magazine

Newer Poems Available Online:

“Kiss Over Zero” at Academy of American Poets

“Twenty-Five Years of Fresh Air” at Image

“Black Igloo” at The Arkansas International

“Temporarily Eternal” at The New Criterion

“Trystesse” at Rattle

“Poltergeists” at Verse Daily / originally in Birmingham Poetry Review