Jenny Sampirisi

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.

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  1. “If you can be immobile for a time,/emit stink” is tangy and downright nervy for its placement following allusions to green in ‘nature’, relationship and the green a possum emits to keep predators away. Makes the whole poem compact decay until the last two lines. It’s stunning what trauma one can withstand and come back to stillness.

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