I WAS NOT EVEN BORN WHEN YOU STARTED TO HAVE ANSWERS

 

Everyday I stand up on this desk and start

writing you a letter filled with embroidery. It is a replica

of Norway. A sensible constitution I invent

in an attempt to get serious about how amazing it is

to just be. I totally agree with you re: BIRTHDAY.

Iíll hang an archipelago from your party hat

and wear my dress like a sermon. Did you know

my roses hurt? I said that before somewhere else

but it feels different saying it to you. At some point

Iím going to stop losing everything I ever put in my pockets.

But this rollercoaster isnít something you walk away from.

Itís where I learned violin. Itís where I met my mother.

What was the last thing I had in my pocket? Oh yeah,

it was an antler with half of Massachusetts hooked

to itís beautiful white fingers.

 


I WAS NOT EVEN BORN WHEN YOU WERE LOUD AND CLEAR

 

Some thoughts on optimism begin this sandwich is big

enough for the both of us! Please say that in your mouth

are more letters and in mine a response

using horses. Everywhere the cool underside

of yesterday. A whole year of I want to find out!

Everything is analogous to both apples

and language. Everything a stop on my road-trip

master plan. What about gathering around

a table with everyone we know? What about

shopping for hats that convey a spirit

of adventure? You are a pizza party laughing

at toppings. You fill up this map with tiny

blips of awe.


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Nick Sturm is the author of the chapbooks WHAT A TREMENDOUS TIME WE'RE HAVING! (iO Books), A Basic Guide (Bateau), Beautiful Out (H_NGM_N), and, with Wendy Xu, I Was Not Even Born (Coconut). His poems have appeared in Aesthetix, Forklift, OH, Jellyfish, jubilat, Sixth Finch, TYPO, and elsewhere. He lives in Tallahassee, FL.


Wendy Xu is the author of You Are Not Dead, forthcoming in 2013 from Cleveland State University Poetry Center, as well as two chapbooks: The Hero Poems (H_NGM_N 2011) and I Was Not Even Born (Coconut 2013), a collaborative work with Nick Sturm. Recent poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Columbia Poetry Review, Forklift OH, MAKE, The American Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. She lives in Northampton, MA is co-editor and publisher of iO: A Journal of New American Poetry / iO Books and co-coordinator of the jubilat / Jones reading series.