Death Will Set Your Day Right

                pigeon cleaning her wings
                perched on brass feather of
                General So-and-So’s statue
                we have each other’s
                          embrace a few
                          years at most
                          could be we
         engineered this wrong
         wobbled into universe fixing
         long goals with a toothpick
         I am greedy too with time
         have given myself to the hem of it
         walked on knees for gifts to continue
         longing pushed to the back of the barrel
         listened to draining wound paddling its waters
         hold us upwards Shadow it is by you we are cradled
         I am not a masochist I tire quickly from pain
                                            interrogate fly swatter
                                            knife and fork as
                                            accessories to
                                            a crime
                                            how many
                                            times do I forget
                                            I must die?
                                            ((((((((( simple (((((((((
                                                          as many times
                                                             a day I am
                                                              not your

Selected by Sophie Robinson, our virtual poet in residence for the current issue of The Believer.

CAConrad is currently working on a (Soma)tic poetry ritual titled, “Resurrect Extinct Vibration,” which is investigating effects the vibrational absence of recently extinct species has on the body of the poet and the poems. Their latest book, While Standing in Line for Death (Wave, 2017), has 18 rituals and resulting poems, including the one that cured their years of depression. The book also has three rituals titled “Power Sissy Interventions,” confronting the new wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation in the USA. CA’s rituals and books are online at: 

This is one of 108 poems resulting from the “Resurrect Extinct Vibration” ritual.


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