poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Gabrielle Calvocoressi
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Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of works such as The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart as well as Apocalyptic Swing. She is on the advisory board of The Rumpus’ Poetry Book Club and lives in LA. Ask her to unpack Elizabeth Bishop for you sometime. more »

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Best Poem of Gabrielle Calvocoressi

Captain Lovell, ['Shakey Eyes Horton had nystagmus too']

Shakey Eyes Horton had nystagmus too.
That's what my father said and took me
to the record store so we could buy him
and take him home to listen. Babe says
he's so square but we go all over. We listen
to music for hours and dance around
the house like crazy skeletons: loose

with all our bones knocking, we go,
"click click click" and wave our arms
and shake until we rattle all the china
in mom's cabinet. He turns the volume
up and we spin like planets round the sun.
Babe says he's no fun but I know different
because I see him laughing and I ...

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