Michael Sikkema

 

 

from Fine Little Hammer

 

1


It's February, I'm in my
insufficient funds outfit

I wait for news reports
from the next room

My spinal chord is
a social animal talking

talk

 


2

Fish lay eggs dead
in dead Caspian

I want something shiny to
look at me for a second

then something shinier

 


3


First this chimed containment
then this

Telepathic rifle that the child
is a minor chord

A clear table is a whole note

 


4


The circus waits
outside town for a trough

of light to pass through

waits for us to look
up from the syntax

the bruise-consciousness
and stumble

 


5


Mechanistic dawn's porn theme
is undone by dove sounds

Sound comes liquid you spit into

You argue human as parasite
undone by parasites

Most of the families here
are nonprofit