Orchestra of Dependence

Twenty-year-old invisible
neighbor and his pregnant wife
watched death going
by; she wasn’t
on horseback; she was
screaming. Fiddle
the moment neighbor’s
house is burning. And
if the fire lasts a decade,
or three, or if the house
is down, and can only
be returned to
in the mind?
Sky: bluey light
machine expands,
contracts naked
breathing beyond
margins – abdomen
a lighthouse,
an invisible burn
carries her to the roof
building not what
should be, mind
and body drop away.

Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020) and Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, 2015), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha and a PEN Award.

He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Divine Orphans of the Poetic Project, from 1913 Press, and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, VOLT, Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the publisher of Action, Spectacle.

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