Claire Hero is the author of afterpastures (winner of the 2007 Caketrain Chapbook Competition). Her first full-length collection, Sing, Mongrel, is forthcoming from Noemi Press in 2009.
Are you having trouble starting the engine?
Here, this feijoa might help. After all,
it’s spring and the month rhymes
with dismember. Don’t mind if I do.
Lately my temper’s as rickety as silk.
It’s a yard of stale cologne.
The moon, an antique dirigible.
Amy’s been working on a new installation
called “Anatomy: A Noh Play.”
Everybody’s mutilated, in one way or another.
Am I afraid of the mechanics of growth?
Windfall feijoas all over the footpath?
I don’t know where I’m going
with this or any other vehicle.
That’s the kicker, kid. You never do.