Communist Lover 

Because she thinks

she wants a Red


she can't put down anchors

(into these three gospel rivers)

or her hair

for the crowd empty

of dissenters

doing it all for fecundity,

for arithmetic

and patterns,

apothecaric sleep sweats,

because she wants to intellectualize

the taste

of berries in season,

the a-filigree (fallen chandelier)

of doing it when

it's right, when the time

is hard now

like contracting belly muscles,

like the top of the bump

(a bump of rock,

she was told by the one who couldn't

get bedrock

to save his own

totalitarian hide),

that pulls

to put it all into the world,

us all,

uterine musings

which always stop


-- Michelle Stoner

Michelle Stoner lives in Friendship. Her publications include "If Man is Five," which appeared in Ossian's Dream, "The Mouth," printed in The New Growth Arts Review, "Reading Baudrillard Before Bed," published in The Collared Peccary, and Flats and Riots, forthcoming from WordTech Communications. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday at 7 p.m. on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.


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