National Poetry Month Day 30: Eileen Myles

By

 

 

 

out my window

 

a branch
that’s
leaves
one long &

brown & they’re
on a
tiny
scale

and bright see
through
drops

rain a-

dorns
them &

the thin
branches
that
lack

leaves

all of it
was green

all sailed
off
a tree
one day

in a storm
to dangle
on my
firescape

now for
months

and I have
a fire
escape

I have
it

the beautiful
plant

that does
not grow

but drips

***

Photograph of Eileen Myles by Shae Detarjpg.


Eileen Myles (they/them) came to New York from Boston in 1974 to be a poet. Their books include For Now (an essay/talk about writing), I Must Be Living Twice/new and selected poems, and Chelsea Girls. They showed their photographs in 2019 at Bridget Donahue, NYC. Eileen has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and an award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. They live in New York and Marfa, TX. More from this author →