baskets of blue laundry.
Memories furnish the walls
under gloss purple & moss-green
an ancient fish vendor
selling in the streets of Krakow
Lodz hangs on the wall for the Duration: the Radius of adoration
shrunk as a rose on a lamptassel, frozen like blood in the thumb.
The tiger leaves his skin behind:
a person her birthroom.
A map of the streets of Bucharest
to furnish my old mother’s brain
as she reaches for the parchment lampshade curling, she would have it a
cigarette, ash and rose of the world, anything.
LYNN STRONGIN is author of The Jacket Eater (Plain View Press, Austin Tx), editor of The Sorrow Psalms (University of Iowa Press), and numerous other books of poetry, including The Dwarf Cycle.