This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Book of Levitations by Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion, released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2020.
Raze an Abandoned House
Empty fruits now. No one told the grass,
the weeds, the trees to leave. The sprinkler
is dry, directionless. How to make shapes
in the yard again, feet coming to home?
Chandeliers so bored with their glints;
unappreciated, they’re Vegas headdresses
now. They watch weddings on work
breaks, shaking their noisy bodies
to object. Still, they won’t be back by
the end of this spell. You’ll have light
but it won’t be in necklaces, broken
chains tinkling in the dark.