Shiver & You Have Weather

By Matthea Harvey b. 1973 Matthea Harvey
In the aftermath of calculus
your toast fell butter-side down.

Squirrels swarmed the lawns
in flight patterns. The hovercraft

helped the waves along. From
every corner there was perspective.

On the billboards the diamonds
were real, in the stores, only zirconia.

I cc’ed you. I let you know.
Sat down to write the Black Ice Memo.

Dinner would be meager &
reminiscent of next week’s lunch.

So what if I sat on the sectional?
As always I was beside myself.

“Shiver & You Have Weather” © 2004 Matthea Harvey. Reprinted from Sad Little Breathing Machine with the permission of Graywolf Press, Saint Paul Minnesota.

Source: Sad Little Breathing Machine (Graywolf Press, 2004)

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Poet Matthea Harvey b. 1973

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Disappointment & Failure, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

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Matthea Harvey was born in Germany, spent her childhood in England, and moved to Milwaukee with her family when she was eight years old. She attended Harvard as an undergraduate and the MFA program in creative writing at the University of Iowa. Her collections of poems include Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form (2000), Sad Little Breathing Machine (2004), and Modern Life (2007).

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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