Sunday, June 05, 2011

Alexis Orgera

EXPONENTS


1We are
a thing near
and full,
wide
and empty or—
the notation
of what doesn’t—

2What’s the broken
arrow
in your cheek?
But I know.
It is something
I did to you
in the jungle.

3Distance
marked in stones,
a series
of particulate
revelations.

4Stabbing around
in here, guilty
glyphs
are ocean.

5On the car ride
home from sick
father, I hear
the songs
you left me.

6You might not
think it,
but I can still hear
the trees
glowing.

7From other
countries you send
photos. Splayed
on the table, my betrayal
painted
onto that shop
window
in Florence.

8The pain
in my back
a residual
of your years
of lack.

9Strangest sound,
sprinkler
in winter, the permanent
displacement.
Florida not
an isthmus
you’ll touch
again.

10I don’t need
protection
from a force
wrapped
around my ribcage.
So many years
of unwavering
on that particular
ladder of bone.

11When I left
I wore
a mask
so you
couldn’t see.

12Fixating on
an agility of crows.
You knew black-
birds
would find
in this poem
a stoop.

13Uncertainty
an archipelago.
What are decisions
anyway
in the afterlife
of longing?
Only bodily
unfastenings
here on earth.

14What I want
is for you
to eat
the last cookie.

15I hope
all those beautiful
women give you
their terrain.
I turned you from
my pockets.

16A caravan
of demons
my horse-and-buggy
to heaven.

17A beer and
a Xanax
keep me
on my toes,
which are boulders
on the high-
way between
selves.

18Nagging
feeling
that some
disease
of will
lodges
inside me.

19When you come
home, the cat’s yours.

20I can’t see
the days for their
brightness.

21An orange tree
fruiting without
its leaves.
Nature’s flagrant foul.

22What I want
for you now and ever
is to wear
rain boots
on the rafters.



Alexis Orgera lives in Florida. She is the author of How Like Foreign Objectsavailable from H_ngm_n BKS, and two chapbooks: Illuminatrix (Forklift, Ink) and Dear Friends, The Birds Were Wonderful! (Blue Hour Press). Her poems have appeared in places like Bat City Review, DIAGRAM, Folio, Forklift Ohio, Fou, Green Mountains Review, Gulf Coast, H_ngm_n, In Posse Review, jubilat, Luna, and storySouth. She edits the sporadic New CollAge magazine at New College of Florida.