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.
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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