I Built the House

Come to my safe house. The wooden hide door.
Talk at me through this sight slit.
Show me what a manís metallic hum
sounds like. The gushy bloody stuff under pumping.
I will transcribe your hums into
vessels to build a new machine.
Once, I built a bird and threw it at the wall.
Bird nourishes + functions so you donít die.
Now I can test how you sound
if I could only build a bird mobile.
Your tinkle into a little galaxy.
I need a velvet valve because my valves
are dust-plugged. I hear you through
the perfectly rectangular slit. I am housed
and caged. This is my only tone.


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Kate Litterer is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts MFA Program for Poets and Writers and is sticking around the Pioneer Valley to begin her MA/PhD in Composition and Rhetoric at the University of Massachusetts in fall 2013. Her poems have been published in Ilk, Jellyfish, Phantom Limb, and are forthcoming from The Destroyer.