Rumpus Original Poetry: Three Poems by Alex Jane Cope
trick of the tongue
See there you go speaking
to the salamander
in my throat
slick heat in the near rain.
The present trembles
as you open it
and you were up all night,
your moth breath flickering
at the tip of a lighter
blue flames sucked in the wind.
I’ve told you
there are no guarantees in weather reports
but see there you go
speaking to the salamander in my throat again.
There was a time when I, too, sloughed the salt veins
off my wrists, aurora borealis.
To speak of the shame is to speak of him
and his bed of lichen and his green
ribbon fastened around my throat.
A little something to quiet
of a solar mind
pressing a blue pill to my lips.
The sea swallows heard me drifting in the whirlpool,
our rhyming vocalizations skipped ache to egg
over that sky full of ice and slakeless fury.
Green ribbon in the gull,
gaping as I slid
out of myself, Cassandra, dappled snakeskin on glass.
cum on earth
Cassandra, hot curve to the wheel, shouts “jesus christ! i’m driving through a book!” as quick stops cum ‘n go and urban legends sprawl. In this episode of Unsolved Lesbian Apocrypha, “Give Me One Reason to Stay Here” delivers us from Devils Gate into a season wrung from spring to winter, yes, we are talking about global
collapse again but
I think about the beautiful sad gasping sex of disaster movies and wonder why I always look back and
a friend pulls the card which starts
like a crack in a pavement wet
Author photo courtesy of Alex Jane Cope