IN THE SPACES BETWEEN...
Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the spaces between Texas and Arkansas, Arkansas and Missouri, Texas and Louisiana. She is the author of Persephone on the Metro (MadHat press, 2014), Discount Fireworks (Jacaranda Press, 2008) and Reading Berryman to the Dog (Jacaranda Press, 2000).
Poem Title: "Ferrous"
The ferrous taste in my mouth heightens your attraction
as do the soft blue welts that bloom and unfurl
like phlox on my upper arms. You are only superficial
on the surface. Once I know this I am crazy
for you. I bite the inside of my cheek. It bleeds like the skin
of any lie you tell me, slick with that jam.
When I eradicate sheen, give up toys like touch
and the sins: jealousy & rust, I long for carnage
and an armpit with some sweat in it.
I will pay and be paid for. After you, I will slip
from the hearth burned, brightened, hardened.
Publication: Rat’s Ass Review, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2015
"Ferrous" Pushcart nomination 2015
PERSEPHONE ON THE METRO
If you want a different story, you swing
the mop. What I remember is the weight
of nights and their particulars, sunrise
as a mist before the day slid over us,
lifting like an indigo balloon, striped
to amuse the limbic part of the brain that
sees a lover through the window, gone up
the gravel path with the noble rattle and
crunch of a serious journey, his canteen
swaying. But for me there's something prissy
about talking like this without mentioning
dirt and residue, listing the leftovers:
greasy knife, stained linens -- when I know later
if I want the place clean, I move the river.