11 March 2006 | Vol. 6, No. 1


on chronology's wrist

                        sits this gaudy minute

            fiddled like a clasp—

                                    it's the soap again

slipping out the window

                        pigeon-holed an antonym

            of clean; what do you

                                    cling to the way the wet

clotheslines hope for; such

                        soft perches scoped out

            on another body;

                                    a towel white enough

to blizzard; what turns

                        a massacre into a mass acre sulking

            with silt; shag carpet remedies

                                    easily what needs obscured—

knees purge standing

                        and thin to kneel:

            forgive the greed I build

                                    in my mouth

—you're coming on permanent,

                        like strong; whose hair wrote

            the history of combs

                                    documented behind

a plus parading

                        as a crucifix stud, pinned

            —a private altar

                                    skin inherits

About the author:

Kristi Maxwell's poems have recently appeared in Spinning Jenny, No Tell Motel, and Denver Quarterly. She currently teaches a workshop and seminar entitled "Poetics of Relentlessness" at Casa Libre en la Solana in Tucson.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Kristi Maxwell at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 6, No. 1, where "Braid" ran on March 11, 2006. List other work with these same labels: poetry.

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