Lynn Schmeidler

Mnemosyne Threatens and Confesses

Sudden as your shadow, I’ll rip a pear-shaped hole in your night
(we’re past the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration)
measure what does not exist—why this
why that
because it’s still early in the world of tomorrow and each word is a new machine.
I edge your bed with passenger pigeons
fold your linens with Artemesian ache
(remember the blindfolded tour of the Parthenon
all that scrape and heat) and yet never again will you meet the new day soft-footed
(you were a funambulist you did water ballet).
Renounce the promise of doors—
the etymology of nostalgia is homecoming. Isn’t it enough that I flock the sky
with trumpeter swans
(here we enter onto rutted back roads)
haunt you with clues to your childhood—
beatitude and gingerbread—
as if you didn’t know. Do not regret not barber-poling yourself to anyone
(6am and as yet no warm whispers of everything).
Did I tell you about the woman with fatal familial insomnia
whose inability to sleep left her hallucinating and mute and finally dead?
O ghastly here ghastly now
you are so easily undone.

The Salary for This Work Is Marriage

I sleep like an old growth jack pine you sleep like a fireplace.
We invent things
like lust walls and sad bathtubs. It’s so pink this cork and sauté
I’d like to watch you swim tonight
and then open.
I’d like to settle the radio on a tiled window seat and water vacation plans
with buttered tea.
He was dress and watch
they were travel. You are wait like a ceiling
full of cracks.

Lynn Schmeidler’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in magazines including The Awl, Barrow Street, and Boston Review, as well as various anthologies including Transition: Poems in the Aftermath (Indolent Books), Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press), Bared (Les Femmes Folles Books), and Nasty Women’s Poetry Anthology: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press). Her chapbooks Curiouser & Curiouser and Wrack Lines are available at Grayson Books.
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Susan Lewis ( is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit ( and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.