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EMILY KENDAL FREY.January 2020


EMILY KENDAL FREY

Photo by Jeff Sirkin


 

A GREAT PAIN IS COMING

Open your amoeba

A column of light

Older than waves

Or clothes at the bus stop

You made

A barricade, words rolled

From the binary

You knew you would

Die with or without love

 

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GETTING ENOUGH SOMEWHERE

Today I was driven

To protect your life

I swept our small room

After the argument

Stylish blackout curtains

Spider plant babies

Central air

 

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BIG DRINKER

Where is my colander

You keep mentioning

Your wife

My spice collection

I brought my orgasm

Us in the tender

River the trees

See everything

 

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I DON’T WANT MY LIFE

To flap at the edge of time

 

I’ve outgrown lying

 

Put me in the lake’s

velvet arms

 

Fall me mute through

 

 

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I AM NOT GOING TO SLEEP ON YOUR FUTON

I am skunk-spraying my -ness

 

All over this city

 

I miss every house every person I’ve loved

 

Has left

 

The hanging light

 

How my boobs were there

 

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IN THIS NEO-EMPATHIC ERA

The sharpest shard

Sleeps in the softest Hey

I still have relatives

Who grew food

Troublemaker

Wanting all that

Moon on you

 

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I WANTED TO LIVE LONG ENOUGH

To take care of something

A clump of moss

An angle, rotating

When I saw you at the party

I thought of my mom, not sleeping

The way

A mountain gets stitched with paths

 

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ALMOST EVERYONE WILL TRY

To take your power

I don’t want my children

To hide in the sugar grasses

My heart takes up

My entire body

Thank you to everyone

Who left

Thank you to everyone

Who didn’t

 

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EMILY KENDAL FREY


Emily Kendal Frey
is the author of The Grief Performance and Sorrow Arrow. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she is a teacher and therapist.

 

 

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January 2020.EMILY KENDAL FREY