Jeremy Radin

I’ll be here / slipping on the peels / laughing / slipping on the peels / laughing / practicing for your arrival / a word about what you are afraid of / maybe / meet me here / I am so lonely

BENEATH A STRAWBERRY TREE

We build our cottage here / beneath a strawberry tree / you give me a boat / with strawberries in it / beneath a strawberry tree / we compare the sizes of our hands / mine are bigger / but yours can hold more at once / & leave red angels on everything / beneath a strawberry tree / I pull hedgehogs from your armpits / you hate my magic / I make a machine / fall out of a lemon / coax the lord from your ear / the lord is an ear / larger than our listening / beneath a strawberry tree / I form a cult around your ankles / all day long we drink cool water / eat nectarines / & sigh

THE BANANA ROOM

Meet me here / in whatever some-odd years / perhaps longer / perhaps tomorrow / I’ll be here / slipping on the peels / laughing / slipping on the peels / laughing / practicing for your arrival / a word about what you are afraid of / maybe / meet me here / I am so lonely / I learned a second language / this place bubbles up / from my belly button / every month / a new room / in each I slip fall & laugh / at what I imagine / you will find amazingly funny / each room yellow / sometimes with blood / & bundles of bananas / swaying from the ceiling / a thousand sugary chandeliers / bathing the dark / in bruises

BLUEBERRIES

Running the trails near your house / you meet a woman who looks just like you / six feet three inches / two hundred fifty pounds / & a wolf / in a ballgown / petals of ferocious purple / wild green shoots / swaying to no song / you are very lonely / she says / I didn’t want to say anything / you say / well / there you go / she says / & approaches / looping her arms around you / tucking her muzzle into your beard / you smell like the internet / she says / I know / you say / & she leads you to a room / bundles of lupine hang from the ceiling / grow from the ground / belted around the waists of birch / the floor / draped in fog / you are concerned about your hands / she says / how does she know / how long have you been dancing / tonight / she says / a cake is grieving / writing bad poems in a greasy notebook / sketching what it remembers of your face / each time you breathe / a birch tree grows / the room gets bigger / your hands / the size of a reason / she says / you dance like a school of accidents / pigeons thronging out of your body / vials of something dark around their necks / what is your sexual preference / she asks / imaginary / you answer / the room fills with silence / she moves toward you / out of her body / all of the blueberries / glowing