[Over the next few days WOLF will feature the fastidious and fascinating collaborators behind the Whenever We Feel Like It reading series, Emily Pettit and Michelle Taransky. Today, beginning with Emily. Tomorrow, Michelle. Tomorrow tomorrow, Michellily/Emichelle.]
GO AIRPLANE, SWAY TREE
This time there is an entire dead bird
body to remove. Give me your documents,
I want to know a whole lot of things
about things I know nothing about.
Somewhere there are monkeys
who speak with their hands. Mostly
they discuss food. Sometimes birds.
The monkeys say (sign), The swans
displease us. A love affair ending poorly
between a submarine and a satellite
displeases me. That the monkeys may fight
shouldn’t displease anyone. Shouldn’t surprise
anyone. Who needs a map of the friction
when the lightning looks like a plan?
Who needs to know why the airplanes go
or the trees sway? I want to know why
the weather changed when the door killed
the cricket. I want to know why it’s peeping
that floods the air when we are waiting.
I want to know why I’m not whispering this
in your ear. Why it is that you can’t hear me.
MY PULSE IS MAKING MOTIONS, TAKE IT ANYTIME
I say, I am trying to know your elephant.
I offer blinks. What stays
in your head long eternal?
Again with over the cliff.
Someone made off with the lake.
Think important. Think somebody.
The future. Abruptly. You a dialog
in me. An issue of control.
Think a disappearing act.
Something counting for something.
This is what I want.
I say, This is all of what I have, this hand
shadow of a stethoscope taking a pulse.
I say, Information crash.
And, Thank you.
A room full of many silent people breathing
loudly looks like either a dove or a worm.
I was watching this rabbit not watch me
when the whale was dropped. It was dripping
and had became too difficult to hold. Like the sky,
I know little about the anatomy of a whale.
Unlike the sky, I will research the anatomy
of a whale. I will confirm, as the sky cannot,
that the fluke is a term for the tail-end
of a whale. Then, like a fool, I will likely determine
that the whale looks like a room full of many
silent people breathing loudly. A dove or a worm.