Catherine Chambers received her degree in poetry from Goddard College's low-residency BFA program in Vermont. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in femrag lit mag, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, The Indianola Review, Third Point Press, and the single best summer of her life was spent at the Tin House Summer Workshop. Catherine lives in New York City with her dog, Bob Dylan, where she teaches fitness.
Previously in Glass: A Journal of Poetry
I scoop the secrets out of his mouth
and let them harden on the tip of my finger.
I curl them like ribbons. I throw them like dice.
Snake eyes. Irises. Nipples. Polaris and Sirius.
I can follow his secrets like a sailor with a map
of the stars. They are the consistency of cough syrup
and drip into my ear. I open my nightstand drawer
and wonder what I should do with all of these
secrets now that I've stashed them away for winter.
Some get poured in my coffee, stirred and drank deeply.
Some just sit quietly with themselves, unobtrusively
watch me sleep night after night, stare at the
side of my face like the most tender lover or the
most vigilant Peeping Tom breathlessly awaiting
the removal of a bra through floral print drapes.
I drop my bra to the floor and expose everything
because I am the only one here and without
anything to hide.
Lost & Found is published by Glass Poetry Press as part of Glass: A Journal of Poetry. This project publishes work that was accepted by journals that ceased publication before the work was released.
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