from "But Isn't It Beautiful" featured in Odes and Elegies
"What overabundance is this?
What pulsing points of lazy light,
what luminous overcrowdings of this perpetual blue
bloom at dusk? Translucent blossoms
unconsumed by predators who, it seems, have died.
But isn’t it beautiful? This proliferation
of pale planets beneath the ocean’s midnight skin."
My Body is a Haunted House
from "The Gift Shop at the End of the World"
"Remember the bees? Buy a box of bees,
will be important after the collapse
of the market economy, and these are the last bees
around. The era of cheap food ends today,
buy all that you’ll need
for the rest of your life, however long
that proves to be."
"Dinner with My Dying Mother"
"Elegy to the Woman Who Leapt in Front of My Car"
"Isambard Brunel Standing Before the Launching Chains of the Great Eastern 1857"
"Last Night I Dreamt of Drowning"
"Packing to Go Home"
"The Floods of Felsenthal"
"The Ways in Which I've Loved You" (available online)
"All Souls Day"
from "The Aftermath"
"She set the peas aside and took me down to the beach, an easy stroll from the end of the lane to the end of the land. I walked into the gulf, saltwater wicking its way up my skirt, dyed half black by its heaviness. I turned away from her and cried, tears rivering down my road-dusted skin."
"There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness." - Mahatma Gandhi