Top Five Poems: 2012–2013
LOVE INTERESTS AND A GOAT. In the Top Five Poems of the Week from the past year, treasured attachments are explored with wit and humanity: a woman cherishes the simple domestic patterns that frame her life; a possessive love inspires a runaway fantasy; a door-to-door salesman backs away from a woman’s boyfriend, and she suddenly understands how mean the boyfriend is; at a party two men go outside and, gazing up at the stars, reflect on the nature of yearning; and when a goat devours a woman’s beloved Bible, she quips she doesn’t mind losing Leviticus. Grace, humor, and even the ripples of disturbance in these poems offer exquisite pleasure.
Within minutes we were in the bedroom.
Poetry isn’t work unless you’re reading it.
I like the same dishes stacked in the same cupboards.
He’s grazing my books. He is a goat.
I told her how the moon was her reflection.