For each day of National Poetry Month one of our fellows will explore the breadth of poetry in three ways: through a question from another fellow, through a poem and through a writing prompt, #writetoday.
Cristiana Balk asks, You recently uprooted yourself from Queens, one of the most demographically diverse urban places in the world (and personally my favorite borough in NYC), to Baton Rouge, nestled near the heart of Louisiana. Has this significant shift in place changed, re-shaped your writing, from writing practices to the subject matters you explore, and if so, how?
Directions for a better life
Or simply you would complete me
the sinewy voice milks the trees and ornery
blossoms. What you say next—I am red
in the face. I will and can harp on a spleen.
In the sidelines of a purple desert, a mote
erects itself between dashboard
and a vein. Sometimes I believe
in the virtues of a robotic dusk. I believe
in dirty thoughts and my gummy hands
going this way and then that. Are you feeling
better now? Good. Rest your pretty head
on a briar patch. Sweet nothings. I think
when I whisper, someone is pushing
a button and saying, Now move into
the happily before they take down the sun
and so I take his hand and pulse hard
into the forever-morgue. My darling,
I will go wherever you go.
Muriel Leung is a current MFA candidate in poetry at Louisiana State University and sends her tweets here.