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
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.