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Hannah Lipper

In winter you are a lady in summer you are a lightening

Uncle you come to me dressed
in the fabric of seasons dressed
in cold light calling summer
calling. You slip through
the screens of my windows
beyond the meadow at night you
and me both know it’s been
a while send help. You
watch me wait in bed for E he
flashes on my screen, pixilated.
He is a complex man in summer sharp-
eyed in winter he is a lady in summer
he is a lightening.

Uncle you are a racist for years until you
pass in the winter we both know bugs
don’t have prejudice. You slip through
the screens of my windows we see
the heat dissipate until there is none
left. Uncle I watch you
wind into the web of a spider above the place
where I sleep (if this is not a fever dream send
help). I save you I saved
your carrion. In winter there is wisdom
atop the floorboards of my room when
at night the meadow is still the hay
is baled. E is different
during this time
period (he has yet to exist).
In winter he lies dormant in winter
he is a lady in summer he is a lightening.

 

 

Salty Dog

I am a widow living
with a widow. Together,
we are two girls living

it up in the city! I dispose
of the remains
of my husband

via compost. Look at how
he molds to the skin
of my clementine peels.

He dissipates into espresso
grinds; Oh, how lovely
he is and how he will soon be

shit. Look
at the mess
he has made

via carbon.
What a hot
head.

 

 

we die long

deaths so our families visit across
coasts & country lines to touch
our feet at last. we are 21

with wrinkled mouths. we marry hard
marriages & celebrate the soldering of our hearts
at last. we hang white streamers. we die
hard in october 4 days apart; visitors sit

on the edges of our beds biting
nails. we marry well in some
autumnal season with drunk

relatives. we die along because we are
human at last. lo, our children
write elegies but they resume

with their tiny lives. when we die, we have little
estate. we have porcelain & kitchen
tiles. we marry hard & have children.

Published by: in Issue 1: Fall 2013, Poetry, Volume 70

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