Cold Work by Cecily Parks
Winner of the 2005 PSA Chapbook Fellowship
Cold Work by Cecily Parks, selected and introduced by Li-Young Lee.
Edition: 500 copies of the winning books were printed by the Prolific Group and designed by Gabriele Wilson.
Wind is seeker when I hide—unfixed,
small-hipped and sere, I am another blade
in disarray, transfixed
by weathering and what it might abrade
of me. I have unnecessaries:
belly fat, a slow way with clothes, a weakness
for bellows and endings. Ending's emissaries
are shy as tigers—I expected nothing less
of happiness; still, I watch what twitches
in orchard margins and under warped floorboards.
I adore our tilting floors and the slim pitch
of stairs you fell down, but I've been home before—
were we to meet like this, I would be stranger
found in a field. Were I loved, I would be braver.
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