You get high, I’ll have a drink. They’re just words,
same as sediment, same as palpate. Let’s make
something small to steward together, one
little saxophone player with a reed
in his mouth. You can grow thin and still be
yourself, coax a beard and button your coat,
while I’ll keep wanting it all: every man
and woman I meet. But we’re done
throwing chairs at people we don’t really
love. Hand me that bottle, kiss me goodnight,
spin me around our old kitchen.
Keetje Kuipers has been the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Resident, a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, and the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. Her first book, Beautiful in the Mouth, won the A. Poulin, Jr. Prize from BOA Editions and was published in 2010. Her second book, The Keys to the Jail, is forthcoming in 2013. Keetje is an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.