from The Possum Play             Act 2 Jenny Sampirisi He says: I like your feet. She says: they keep me up. And leaves come down. Living world turned ornament: green stilettos, leather boots, fields and roads, the wild. If you can be immobile for a time, emit stink. I come back. (Come back.) Not deliberately. Could be that the sea remembered its history of ground or the shake gave way to stillness.

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Jenny Sampirisi is the author of the novel is/was (Insomniac Press, 2008) and the poetry collection Croak (Coach House Books, 2011). She is the recipient of the 2011 K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Literature.