_________________________ with cloister from EXERCISES IN PAINTING
Once immune to plague dreams,
chase translucent monsters as a theoretical
mix of shaman & siren. The body untucked. Alive
in the red-lit tunnel, in the metal crowd, in the
presence of the cockeyed few, a priori
freedom from everyday decoratives.
Clamoring for a breath, dream anti-trope
dreams of almost sleeping in another
canyon. Lie there nonchalantly as coyotes
close in. Wake up at the point of feeling
most surrounded, wake up to walk too fast
& spend too much time in crowded houses
only to drift away from companions
& never use another human being to open
the obvious space for begging.
Khadijah Queen is the author of two books of poetry: Conduit (Black Goat/Akashic 2008) and Black Peculiar, which won the 2010 Noemi Press book award. Individual poems appear widely, and her new chapbook is I’m So Fine: A List of Famous Men and What I Had On, available for download from Sibling Rivalry Press. Read more about her over at khadijahqueen.com.