Hiking with an Erasure Heart

Hiking with an Erasure Heart
after Adrienne Rich’s “The Floating Poem, Unnumbered”
& years of Emily Dickinson
& Sappho
      By Sarah Cooper


plant some hydrangeas 

                        no-exchange rate currency

If hope                        buy leashes  

things with feathers fly away?

be fair [

 

                                                       ] earthy things

               wet dirt on boots                               calloused hands

      handle, remember   thicketed bones of your torso [

           
                                                  ] blood pump is

                                     cylindrical symphonies                     

                                     evacuation

serenade space                   one’s partner

                  somewhere else, some colder town

                                                                      devour

contours of pain.

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Sarah Cooper lives in South Carolina and teaches literature and women’s studies at Clemson University. Her forthcoming chapbook, Permanent Marker, will be released spring 2020 by Paper Nautilus.