Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Tuesday poem #459 : Katie Naughton : debt ritual: utopia



an orientation toward evening
okay the sun is going down first
golden purples of snow the late

stage for being this end of storm
says one way to be is you two

and a baby and an apartment
and in the afternoon you go out

all together I mean
it’s possible to move through time

and space together and money’s
adjacency to this

incidental but not transcendent
so a child does not know

at some point what it is
so the body’s organic

life as well walking without
money the sky does glow

blue and deep and bright
where clouds part after sunset

going back inside money
does buy this place

of rest and warmth




Katie Naughton is the author of the chapbook Study (above/ground press, 2021). Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Bennington Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Jubilat, Tagvverk, and elsewhere. She is at work on two collections of poems, “Debt Ritual” and “the real ethereal,” which was a finalist for the 2021 Nightboat Poetry Prize and Autumn House Press Book Prize. She is the publicity editor for Essay Press, editor and project manager at the HOW(ever) and How2 Digital Archive Project (launching in 2022), and founder of Etcetera, a web journal of reading recommendations from poets (www.etceterapoetry.com). She lives in Buffalo, NY, where she is a doctoral candidate in the Poetics program at SUNY – Buffalo.

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