Winter 2023 • Vol. XLV No. 1 PoetryFebruary 24, 2023 |

god of salt

to love me means i become a satin tide i become a sunflower flute a dim missive supplanting oil spills as if the earth is ever responsible for its own duplicity to be loved by me means you become a tempered mule a pillow-dune a brisk silence helixed into ozone when i fall out of love i cleave abandoned quarries i sigh magenta beyond the coordinate system my azimuth makes of a celestial pulse i configure a lugubrious summit a woeful slip of rapture dimmed to un-love me means forgetting the scent of lilac but not lilac’s compound clusters means living between the joy of a thing and the thing itself beginning with the debris of how i end again and again my volcano hushing Pacific tides my fleet-spill wailing gulls my star-sliced gravity expanding in final singularity

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Ruth Ellen Kocher is Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Colorado Boulder and the author of eight books, most recently, godhouse (Omnidawn Press, 2023), Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016), Ending in Planes (Noemi Press, 2014), and Goodbye Lyric: The Gigans and Lovely Gun (The Sheep Meadow Press, 2014). She has received fellowships from the NEA, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Cave Canem Foundation. She is currently at work on a series of nonfiction projects on whiteness, mothering, and spiritual personhood.

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