Laura Walker

psalm 84

 

i need
birds and hosts
some kind of color
 

to wait for you
 

we wade in pools and egrets
everyone appears
but you
 

i will cut myself into a thousand pieces
and give you one — i will stand in your door
and ignore the tents —

 

psalm 5

 

listen
i will talk to you in the morning
by the washing machine

open window and salt
and shallow breezes

what you hate is what you hate
 

we are looking for a same thing

 

psalm 6

 

can you hear me

my bones are soft, unsaved

and wet : at night they are wet :

supple and waxed, ashamed

of themselves

 

psalm 99

 

i see you there.
or think i do :

perched on a fence with your pantsleg rolled up,
eating a pear or an apple, milk-creased spider
against your thigh
 

your name is a plucked thing in my mouth
 

a low chair, a cloudy
invention

 

they are angry

 

psalm 2

 

a veined thing
rage

 

let us break their hands
and hobble ourselves toward water
 

we are spore and pheasant :
we are reaved and speaking :

 

i will set you

a pot broken at the wheel

 

kindling

 

psalm 4

 

i grow large beneath my hands.
my fingers break and sway, the meat
of me besets.
 

i know you hear me.

 

chained to trees :
we slept and didn’t know it :

Note on the text:

These poems respond to individual psalms from the Book of Psalms, King James Version.

Laura Walker is the author of story (Apogee Press, 2016), Follow–Haswed (Apogee Press, 2012), bird book (Shearsman Books, 2011), rimertown/ an atlas (UC Press, 2008), and swarm lure (Battery Press, 2004), and the chapbook bird book (Albion Books, 2010). She grew up in rural North Carolina and now lives in Berkeley, California, where she teaches creative writing and battles the varroa mite. More information is available at laura-walker.com.
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Susan Lewis (susanlewis.net) is the editor of Posit (positjournal.com) and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom, winner of the 2017 Washington Prize, Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in such places as The Awl, Berkeley Poetry Review, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Cimarron, Gargoyle, The Journal, New American Writing, The New Orleans Review, Prelude, Raritan, Seneca Review, So to Speak, Verse, Verse Daily, and VOLT.