A History of Domremy
Feelings start on this page.
Even in storms it is cool
how we breathe. Slow exhales over wet
cheeks, under bruised gums. Dumb love.
Crawling through floors. I am Ezekiel, I
am Isaac. What I have seen! This life-stained
sweat. Entire marching bands
between sheets. Always, I wake
to words on my heart. Always, the softness
of you. Exclamation mark
after the smell of color. Jehanne, to stay
awake unbuttoning all of your blouses.
To understand your cough. All at once,
the welcome in you.
A History of Comely
Underwater, dressed like an album cover, I sing you
songs the flume of shade. I teach you how to scratch & sniff
the smell of thigh, to fall in love standing up. To feed
on love you must crawl to the sky. Jehanne,
this thought I fever. I put a force field around the tree,
but the fairies still come. Jehanne, to burn toe to mouth.
To smell how we make. To moan with melt.
Gregory Sherl is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Monogamy Songs and The Oregon Trail is the Oregon Trail, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Believer Poetry Award. His newest collection, Glow, will be released in the winter of 2014 by Diode Editions, and his debut novel, The Future for Curious People (in participation with Julianna Baggott), is forthcoming from Algonquin in the fall of 2014. He blogs at http://gregorysherlisgregorysherl.com/.