Richard propped up the bottles
like bowling pins
That summer there was no girl left in me.
It gradually became clear.
It suddenly became.
I had the idea of sitting still
while others rushed by.
I had the thought of a shop
that still sells records.
the moon might rise and it might not
and if it brings a ghost light we will read beneath it
Deborah Landau is the author of The Uses of the Body (2015) and The Last Usable Hour (2011), both Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium (2004), which was selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry.
Her work has appeared in the Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, the New Yorker, the Wa ...