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
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.
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,