Lynn Melnick



Lynn Melnick is author of If I Should Say I Have Hope (YesYes Books, 2012) and co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015).  She teaches poetry at 92Y in NYC and serves on the Executive Board of VIDA: Women in Literary Arts.


Landscape with Courtyards and Dissociation


Come love,

let’s observe this brouhaha

form in an unskilled meter about the blood
trail up and down the noted coast

and, with so many faces
needing more and more of what I am: kaput


through the courtyards and, dear god, the greenery,
well, these days I feel the need to muck things up a bit

just so I recognize myself.

I rode out the bullish ’80s under textured plaster
so I know a crime when I commit one

and I know you know I would bang my own mouth
if it might muzzle my watchfulness

but how about we keep this clean.

I go hunting for another word for hypervilgilance
and someone asks if I mean hopefulness.

I do not.
But whatever.

I guess I’ll just stand here now
and read to you about any of the times I managed to live

when it sure is a roughhouse, isn’t it,


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