Bind

Bind

Wicked
I knew
was one
mussel
revealed
to bind.


from pages 190-191 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Watch

Watch

Seeing the eyes
let go from watch,
my shoulders
built a city and sent
its name into the river.


from pages 160-161 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Universe

Universe

Unprotected, the universe
walked home to consider
itself a body.
What it held, 
it gave like water.


from pages 140-141 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Young

Young

The young had been a fire.
The impossibility of light to fade.
They were wing and dove.


from pages 68-69 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Function

Function

I was
wife once
like a function
of tributaries that were
already common
and flesh.


from pages 82-83 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Specifications

Specifications

Because what was
started remained
stubborn in smashed
specifications of people,
the first vessel of a dream
spread its heads.


from pages 28-29 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Whirr

Whirr

That same whirr
never seen along
the wild flesh
of, almost ravaged.
That constant
expanse of people
as an infestation.


from pages 76-77 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Living

Living

To have
tomorrow swallowed
like a mouth that failed
to hold water
in exchange for living.


from pages 34-35 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Thousands

Thousands

Until the body
thousands its tilt
so tame, that most of it
had to be better.
One cell wended
out of take.


from pages 14-15 of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Leave

Leave

As hitchhikers we
are adapting
to the
impact
of
profit.
We are
standing
before
what
we
leave.


from pages xviii-xix of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Introduction

Introduction

The suffocated
glimmer of
luxury
draws people in
the shadows
of surface and lull. 
The public
unstitching
quietly giving
up a balance.


from pages xiv-xv of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017).

Give

Give

This is how alive, my body
could betray me.
Neither of us love death.
We don’t want to leave.
Even now, life is
what I give away.


from pages 270-271 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Desire

Desire

This is where I become desire.
There is no moon to steal
my eyes. I am
my own light.
I give the flowers my skin.


from pages 96-98 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Eyes

Eyes

Given the women
one, two, hush.
I fidget under
eyes of ladies.
We all know
exactly who we are.
Among us we show
ourselves what we
can do to escape.


from pages 274-275 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Imagine

Imagine

If women made men
consider what things
they thought. Then imagine
the government gave
authority to us. What will
we have gotten away with
or is this safety?


from pages 118-119 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Magic

Magic

What’s dangerous
is to be reminded
of time, how it
used to be magic
when I thought
I’d never feel
the trouble I lived.


from pages 158-159 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Opened

Opened

We hear hysteria is
for women only.
They tell you to
get used to it.
You are still the same,
where everyone can
keep being held
like opened hands.


from pages 272-273 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Tell

Tell

I am trying to praise
our voice, the pleasure
I know I control.
I say, this is a warning.
Tell me,
I can’t turn away.


 from pages 284-285 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Light

Light

We go, as if
thunder moving. 
I open a name that
pleases me to remember.
It meant, I was light.


from pages 260 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).

Disguise

Disguise

Feathers covered the stars along such chanting. 
The air glittering, see-through, and crumpled
with sweat. I know I’ve never worn a disguise.
Tonight I watch this body of shadow
remember how to fight.


from pages 230-231 of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (First Anchor Books, 1998).