Jan/Feb 2022 • Vol. XLIV No. 1 PoetryJanuary 11, 2022 |

Event Horizon

Remember when you stabbed me on my birthday? A glass of wine itched, scratched itself off the table. Whatever phones were then, they were dead. Whatever phones were then, we can barely recall. But numbers remain numbers and yours dialed went unanswered. You were dead on the other end. And no one knows about the flowers you sent, nor the manner in which I sat through dullest hours on my couch aiming a kitchen knife at my wrist. That I do not choose the role of victim remains unsaid. I sit across a table from you at a thesis defense and by my silence advance the thesis that I never sucked your dick like the broken stem of a honeysuckle flower. For many years we continue to act like I have never sucked your dick like the broken stem of a honeysuckle flower. You’ll ask if I’m willing to recommend to my editor a manuscript you have had trouble publishing. I’ll oblige because it seems I do not know what I am about. I adopt more cats. I develop an exercise routine. I note yo

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Cate Marvin has published four books of poems, most recently Event Horizon (Copper Canyon Press, 2022). She teaches at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and lives in Southern Maine.

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