- Blue Work Shirt
I go into our bedroom closetwith its one blue work shirt, the cuffs
frayed, the paint stains a loopy nonnarrativeof color, of spirit.
Now that you are bodilessand my body's no longer the body you knew,
it's good to be reminded every morningof the great mess, the brio of art-making.
—On the floor, the splattered clogsyou called your "Pollock shoes." [End Page 88]
Gail Mazur's collections include Forbidden City (University of Chicago Press, 2016); Figures in a Landscape (University of Chicago Press, 2011); Zeppo's First Wife: New and Selected Poems (University of Chicago Press, 2005), winner of the Massachusetts Book Prize and finalist for LA Times Book Prize; and They Can't Take That Away from Me (University of Chicago Press, 2001), finalist for the National Book Award. She is founding director of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series in Cambridge, Mass., is on the Writing Committee of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and is Visiting Professor in Boston University's MFA Program. Land's End: New and Selected Poems is forthcoming in 2020 from University of Chicago Press.