Poems from the series, “Definitions” by Christie Towers



EFFICIENCY, the satisfaction
of the grapefruit spoon as it cuts
its teeth along pith and rind.


PRELUDE, to reenact
the moment before
the break. The wind
leaving the trees.


SMITTEN, a word
like spun sugar, cotton
soft, the smell of grass
in summer, the sand
bitten bedsheet twisted
between us, soaked
through with trying.


FETCH, the dog hurls herself
into the dark. We stand in a circle
of lamplight, waiting, passing
a cigarette between us. Don’t you
wish it were always like that? To want
what we want, to want to keep chasing it.


Christie Towers holds a BFA in Poetry from Emerson College. Her poems have appeared in Narrative Magazine and Love Among the Ruins. She lives in Somerville, MA.