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Laurie Saurborn Young

My sister keeps the chart of faulty / lockets while boats go / about their crossings.


After Odysseus Says She's Beautiful

Beside goats with urine-soaked beards.
Despite an Amish doll my sister

pulls down from the closet shelf.
We map the Pleiades & find

little comfort from distant groupings.

At night we imagine blue dust
over everything: our bed, the mirrors.

The rowboats at dawn.



*

After Odysseus Says She's Beautiful

With little water we form a year
from our cells dusting this floor.

As eyes, so mouth. Singing,

a woman’s red hair in the drain.

Night spills nebulae over our heads.
Our hands become flocks

of fragile silver birds.



*

After Odysseus Says She's Beautiful

Faceless clocks falling
down a well.

Or a handful of crickets
hoping to follow us home.

My sister keeps the chart of faulty

lockets while boats go
about their crossings.

Go about their returns.


Laurie Saurborn Young is a poet, writer and photographer. She is the author of Carnavoria, a book of poems, published by H_NGM_N BKS. She holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College and studied in the Program for Poets and Writers at UMASS-Amherst. She lives in Austin, Texas.