Heft

By Lisa Fishman b. 1966 Lisa Fishman
and hue

to have unheld a scale—

silver dishes little mirrors on their chains—

they go that way, This

         and hoist

It’s not like looking into a pool,
to let your intelligence run away with you

Come back quarter size, apricot moon

A changeling is a child who
appeared under cover
of the ordinary, in exchange

The morning came
                  I have such pretty handwriting
                  no one said but I myself thought it
                  to myself so I matted it
                  like the grasses or a canvas or some
                  uncombed hair. It became a mess
                  which was the research of where things go.

A child could figure it out

if there is such a thing as “out”

in the sense of being figured
               in

the thinking was like Origami,
everyone folded out of birds, into specific

kinds of birds
         I call you      
                            hickory

                            category

                            dot

Lisa Fishman, “Heft” from 1913: A Journal of Forms [issue #2]. Copyright © 2007 by Lisa Fishman.

Source: 1913: A Journal of Forms (Ahsahta Press, 2007)

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Lisa Fishman grew up in Pontiac, Michigan. She earned a BA at Michigan State University, where she studied with Diane Wakoski; an MFA at Western Michigan University, where she studied with William Olsen; and a PhD in literature at the University of Utah, with a dissertation on Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poetics.
 
Influenced by the British Romantic poets and the pastoral tradition, Fishman composes haunting poems that explore the . . .

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