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Two Poems

February 1, 2019

 

weight of the dimmed sun 

 

the tongue of someone  

who hasn’t loved before 

 

the paddle of it 

the glass of it in your mouth      

 

the sky diving simulator of it   

all full of nylon jumpsuit smiling  

 

bodies giving you 

the thumbs up 

 

the problem of measuring  

the proportion of bite  

 

in a mouth numb  

after the filling 

 

the unexpected 

reconstruction of it later 

 

I reassure my dentist it’s fine 

although I can’t feel anything  

 

but weight of the dimmed sun 

red, smoked humidity  

 

& the trap of living  

in a rain forest 

 

with no rain   

& I keep eating consecutively  

 

more shriveled mushrooms  

in my newly vegetarian diet    

 

it was too much 

the chihuahua in the street    

 

its owner wailing, everyone 

pouring their eyes & tongues  

 

into the street after it    

tasting the sorrow      

 

licking it from the pavement       

its salty presence  

 

enough to remind us  

of violent men on the waterfront  

 

today, the ones in homemade  

uniforms & the ones 

 

in factory made uniforms & us      

the beaten     

 

in the uniform 

of clotted-tongued thirst 

 

bearing witness to a woman’s  

life of tragedy  

 

unspooling in  

loss of stolen futon mattress  

 

frame or sunrise       

or faithful  

 

dark brown companion  

growing smaller in the street    

 

under the tire       

I’ve kissed in falsehood before     

 

taken those I do 

not love to rose gardens 

 

I am an expert      

it tastes like gas on the tongue  

 

to have teeth rebuilt     

I’m open now 

 

push my tongue to the side  

& come in 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pigs 

 

The goal of psychoanalysis is to help us remove ribs from pigs 

& other four legged beasts keeping in mind the line in the show  

with the character who once gave an equation of suffering greater  

than death equals the tenderest meat. The goal of psychoanalysis  

is to help us understand human behavior as a sacrament  

of the process of becoming human is unfortunately riddled  

with the holes of becoming human of the unknown stuttering  

brother of Moses & the angels hear my cry. The goal of psycho- 

analysis is to snip the frenulum of blue of a nightstick the sky blue  

of a bleeding mouth the blue of the underside of a thrown brick  

the blue of wet pavement all of the blue present when the test  

comes back positive & now your cells have a blue of their own  

a squashed blue the sort of blue that looks you steadily  

in the eye as it unbuckles its belt. The goal of psychoanalysis  

is the same as the word goal if the word goal is an only way  

to correct action.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amie Zimmerman lives in Portland, Oregon. Her work has been included, or is forthcoming, in Sixth Finch, DIAGRAM, Salt Hill, Heavy Feather Review, New South, and Bone Bouquet, among others. She has two chapbooks, Oyster (REALITY BEACH) and Compliance (Essay Press), and is events coordinator for YesYes Books. She can be found at www.amiezimmerman.site.

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