Are you expressing a desire to know me?
a. Burton Barr Library, Phoenix
‘Jonah-the-Whale’ the Navajo
his black cowboy-hat with a macaw feather.
b. Walking Behind Adrienne Rich in the Hotel Lobby
Beam of light through blue glass earrings that fall below
c. Love is Feminine
My students divide everything
consolation is male and objection, female. Delicate
d. Row of Three Glass Elevators
The child in red rides them all as much as possible. Brown sweater
Warrior. The thing that used to piss me off most: Nobody wants
e. Play Isn’t Disgraceful
She crawls through the stacks because she feels
her red hair and crawling.
f. Memorizing the Bus Schedule
Child in the seat next to him asks if he’s gay. The child’s
mother says that’s not
- Do boys like red?
g. Do you mind if I answer?
That hickey is a kiss. Like a plaid dress with a bow
and grizzly-claw marks
h. I have a desire to know you.
Long, quiet hair. Established that the feathers were the most beautiful
i. When I got over being a child
like asking the child. Like a hand between the closing
j. Keep it to yourself.
k. If everyone decided to call themselves a girl
that word would stop. Dried-fruit necklace in the rain sticking
l. Are you gay straight or bi?
There’s a cop to make you choose. A house that’s
the kind of question my people ask.
m. My backyard is for flashers. Their hands
like rainbow notepads. Screen door—lawn sprinkler—
leather tops of the mountains.
n. The backdoor opens out
to cabbage. The lamb and the lion with votive-fire
it’s something that closes. Looks out
easing out of clear glass. Heart. heart. heart.
o. This location’s sister
is another tire-pressure gauge. Purse arms twisted
looks out onto birdseed. I say bullshit
I’m not hard to understand. I’m not.
p. Love is famine. I’m comparing my home to an animal.
Smells of black acrylic paint and my lover’s
legs open like the opened arms
q. clear bags of its windows.
Green, practical car. Buildings, like clear
r. Eavesdropping on Adrienne
She’s speaking about heating
right after rain.
s. The Barbara Jean: 212 ½ E. Portland Street