Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Tuesday poem #463 : Jessica Laser : William James




As I enter the station, my first heart stops.
I begin, chopping the foot of a tree.
Its branches are unmoved by my act.

Its leaves murmur. Peacefully as ever,
I do violence to the foot of a man.

I hear the conductor calling “all aboard!”
If I stumble as I run

If a cinder enters my eye

I enter the station.
The conductor calling “all aboard!”
Stops my first heart stopping

My second heart beating
The foot of a tree, the foot

Of a man. I hear violence calling
Its branches unmoved.

They are moved, I insist.




Jessica Laser was born and raised in Chicago. She is the author of Planet Drill (Futurepoem Books, forthcoming), winner of the Other Futures Award, and Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine Editions, 2019). 

the Tuesday poem is curated by rob mclennan


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