Anyway Kept trying to unwrap her here After
It was a gift. Because it was. Lifted in its frame of invisible stickiness
Kept prying at the edges of before
Body current under body call the slight scratch Swerve small it in lie an aside Moment fragile a could I
( Voluptuously) Envelopes envelopes For an hour they translate
For an hour they translate What can what did happen Will see
envelopes everything “estrangements” breathe additional arrangements
Traces of another attempt to agree: Marks of the disagreement— that is.
Tissue of prevarications. I is not me. She goes back to ‘her’ reading. Here. Saying again “Leave your body”?
Therefore to ask her to tear herself free
No one will ever None I’ll aver
Laura Mullen is the author of eight books: Complicated Grief is forthcoming from Solid Objects this fall. Her work has been widely anthologized. Recognitions for her poetry include Ironwood’s Frank Stanford Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award, among other honors. She has had several MacDowell Fellowships and is a frequent visitor at the Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa. Mullen is the McElveen Professor in English at LSU and the Director of Creative Writing. Mullen’s work has been set to music by Jason Eckardt and she has collaborated on a work for chorus and percussion with Nathan Davis which premiered in La Jolla in 2014 and is slated for performances at Notre Dame and elsewhere in 2015-2016.