A Poem by Jami Macarty

Aground

 

 

at maximum ebb—

how goes the world

that nonpurposefully

runs your ship aground

 

horizontal hulk afloat mud flat

lies across wind

a dissonance that is there

but we don’t want it to be

 

alien afternoons the penalty

we don’t know what you know

 

how about this aseptic room

you don’t open your eyes in

every day swelling more tubes

tracheotomy questions

 

whose nurse’s hands

these are on your genitals

 

how you are unbroken

beyond what this is

 

one day every day

we keep thinking we will wake

from this tanker, its conspicuous

gloom filling the center

 

and you won’t be in that hospital bed

and the sea will be a magic again

 

 

Jami Macarty is the author of Landscape of The Wait, a chapbook of poems focusing on her nephew, William’s car accident and year-long coma (Finishing Line Press, June 2017) and Mind of Spring, winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (Vallum October, 2017). Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), she teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, is a co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Anomalous Press A recipient of grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Banff Center, and BC Arts Council, among others; several times a Pushcart Prize nominee; a finalist for the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award, and the winner of the 2016 Real Good Poem Prize (a 2,000 purse!), her poems can be read in American and Canadian journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Drunken Boat, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prism international, Vallum: contemporary poetry, Verse Daily, and Volt.

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