I shop with an incomplete list,
come home with a bag of oranges and wine.
Part of a song stuck in my head. An address
without the name of the street.
The news blue, the kitchen morning-yellow
and bright. Loneliness—a dull knife used to
open the curvature of shadow. Bittersweet.
I am trying to love language
knowing it can be taken and turned.
Which means I am trying to love the world
with the wrong ingredients.
Megan Merchant (she/her) is the co-owner of www.shiversong.com and is the author of four full-length collections. The latest, Before the Fevered Snow, was released at the start of the pandemic with Stillhouse Press. Her most recent awards include a drawing of a mermaid from her son for being the World’s Best Mom and the Inaugural Michelle Boisseau Prize with Bear Review. She the Editor of Pirene’s Fountain. You can find her work at meganmerchant.wix.com/poet.
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