Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award, and In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. Her poetry has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize. Recent prose and poetry has appeared in 32 Poems, Prairie Schooner, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, and Poets & Writers. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Lisa Fay Coutley

Astronaut: On Forget

I can no longer think of just one true chair, one pure bed. The heart changes shape in space. I am no longer mass defined by attraction. I sleep better here than I ever did there. You see me battened to the ceiling & think up side down, but now is the ease of breathing underwater where bones still fall but all belong to the sky. The only debris field here I weigh in candlelight against your skin, in holding a fork full of rhubarb pie to your lips, in your mouth closing around the grittiest word for all I can't. I have fastened your face to my wall of maps, so when I wake from a place where the stillness of trees terrifies me most, I'll remember home also means to be ushered back.

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