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Martha Silano

Way Over There

& the little cardinal stuck


to the bottom of a baby food jar

never comes unglued

mommy in fact


never comes unglued & the daddy

(part Mr. Brady part Clark Kent…

Your Laundry on the Line Like a Giant, Breathing Beast

Your laundry on the line like a giant, breathing beast,

like the billowing sheets above the alleys in Trastevere,


where mothers yell after their children Vieni qua! Vieni qua!

while underwear sways like language itself. Rippling and tossing…

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