22 January 2006 | Vol. 5, No. 4

A Visit to the Underworld Can Permanently Alter Your Perspective on 'Restless Existence'

He said, "As power-driven as an Anglo-Saxon sea poem," and

He was not looking out the window

(No, I didn't make that up

But I rearranged it)

A little farther south they say, "When the winds blow, kneel

To Eros"


She died her hair blue, then red, then almost white

Better, she said, than killing herself

Or drinking or taking her clothes off

Too often in a public place

"Empty your pockets! Do you have enough?"

Myself, I would only do that if it were fun


He said, "Trust no one," and she laughed

The job description reads, roughly, hooked on the bang-bang

To kill you first must obfuscate, say

"Ammo more expensive than a gun"

"Let's buy a bullet! Who's got bread?"

The only thing that's here is human beings


Salt on her skin, what are the odds?

She was fishing up facts, or finishing

"Was that a hole in the ground?"

"Was that my head?"

If I move I will bump into something

And knock it down

About the author:

Susan Tichy's third book is Bone Pagoda (Ahsahta Press, 2007). Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Fascicle, Indiana Review, Runes, Luna, Free Verse, and elsewhere. She lives in Colorado and in Virginia, where she teaches at George Mason University. She can be reached at .

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Susan Tichy at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 5, No. 4, where "A Visit to the Underworld Can Permanently Alter Your Perspective on 'Restless Existence'" ran on January 22, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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