Michael Robins is the author of The Next Settlement (UNT Press, 2007), which received the Vassar Miller Prize. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Handsome, Ploughshares, and Leopard Print: Twelve Writers Change Their Spots, a mini-anthology of heteronymic writing. He was born in Portland, Oregon, and lives in the Albany Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Personations of Mother Goose
What light in the sky to leave, what flags
through town, their white Q's. How I was
as I had been has nothing against captains,
with distance between an awkward door
& fence, in what appear to be the stars
in a month in this string of deadly months.
My movement upends, my gestures vanish.
This happens again & again like lightning
to rod. Like difficult to stand if standing
is stance, the wedge between citizen & me.
Where Q gets buried I found the string
& pulled. Doing so, could not stop pulling.