- Diorama (woman with rose-pattern tea set)
Walking through a great fire leaves you ruined but delicious.Like fruit dunked quickly into boiling water,your family is part of a recipe. After the day is assembled,it will be baked and eaten, but by whom?
I've started noticing when it would be nice to burst into flames:as I carry a loaded tray smoothly across the floor,when I sit down on a sofa that matches my dress.
The shapes in the living room that had been my sistersare especially bright. It doesn't matter that we come back every time.We become fainter to one another.
When someone opens the front door without knocking.When a button makes a little song as it falls down the stairs.When I wipe a smudge from a pane of glass and a train stops whistling.
I'm not the only one keeping a list.This is the sickness we'll eventually die from. [End Page 110]
Catie Rosemurgy is the author of My Favorite Apocalypse (Graywolf, 2001) and The Stranger Manual (Graywolf, 2010). Her most recent work is a chapbook of poems called First the Burning (Bloof Books, 2018.) She's the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation award, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches at The College of New Jersey.