Jeff Schiff

MrsBrown

 

Here's the drill sweetthang

            Call me on my

                         or the princesa’s

 

cell

            when you've collected your

                        equipaje (that's Spanish for

 

excess already lugged)

            We'll be hovering

                        in the can’t loiter

 

During said exchange

            you'll let us know from

                        which vestibule

 

(that's bureaucratic formal for

            simultaneous in & out) you'll be emerging

                        We'll meet you

 

in the far bolgia (that's

            Dante for where they gather to smoke

                        now)

 

We'll be driving a black CR-V

            You'll be wearing a coreopsis

                        pinned to your chignon

 

and half-waving  Donn'll be

            jiggy in sweet relief

                        Fly friendly

 

LoveFromCan'tWait

            for you too long

                        The cops are a bitch

Easily Withheld

 

Do not question the mother

            who tires early

 

of nursing the wind

            and ushers her offspring

 

into the lee of a vacant lot

            Do not

 

question the mother

            who sates herself

 

encouraging no compromise

            the mother whose accommodations

 

are thin milk

            and semen from any quarter

 

dark allotments in dank retreats

            who cannot dote on consolation

 

whose bewilderment lasts

            ever and ever

 

occupying both margin

            and text

In addition to That hum to go by (Mammoth books), Jeff Schiff is the author of Mixed Diction, Burro Heart, The Rats of Patzcuaro, The Homily of Infinitude, and Anywhere in this Country. His work has appeared in more than a hundred publications worldwide, including The Alembic, The Cincinnati Review, Grand Street, The Ohio Review, Poet & Critic, Tulane Review, Tampa Review, The Louisville Review, Tendril, Pembroke Magazine, Carolina Review, Chicago Review, Hawaii Review, Southern Humanities Review, River City (The Pinch), Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and The Southwest Review. He is currently serving as the interim dean of the school of graduate studies at Columbia College Chicago, where he has been on faculty since 1987.

 

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Please reload