Catapult Alumni | Poetry

and permutations

This poem was written by Diane Exavier in a 12-Month Poetry Collection Generator taught by Angel Nafis

one of us to manage. Management is love.

ashore with men, stones in palms.

They cover theirs with desire.

They aim their pleas too close to our temples.

Their dreams will kill us.

or space between oceans

or a black hole’s outermost skin

Return in this family is reclamation of time.

                      dreaming of
                    legal pads brimming
                         with cursive
              word processed feelings
                bound by spine
              to the highest power of
                         dressers stacked with pill
                  bottles and cologne, reeking

gummy grains of rice.
a breathless chest.


’sThe Math of Saint