There is no safety in numbers
I am the heavy daughter; *
My socket mouth abides. My life
Tumult, tumult. Making, make. So:
*The phrase heavy daughter is from the last line of John Berryman’s last dream song, #385.
Lisa M. Cole is a full time writer who holds an MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona’s Creative Writing program. She is the author of two chapbooks, “Tinder// Heart” and “The Bodyscape” both from Dancing Girl Press, and “Renegade//Heart” forthcoming from Blood Pudding Press. She says:
“After Songs” was written for my friend D. He is a musician who often plays his songs for me on his guitar. When I have writer’s block, I ask him to play for me, and 9 times out of 10, I write something as he is singing to me.
Illustration is an engraving from The Seven Liberal Arts by Hans Sebald Beham (1500-1550) and is in the public domain.