Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

By Matthew Rohrer b. 1970 Matthew Rohrer
I'm writing upside down with the space pen,
listening to the rain.
My wife is writing about the Black Death
and its effects on Art, and asks me
“Where are your pants?”
They are on the floor in front
of our new couch, where I arrange them
to spell out L-O-V-E. A vegetable,
mystic thrill runs through me—
the couch is something's antenna. It bears
good love to us here over the laundromat.

I'm waiting for the Light Beings
to remove my roof.
Our bedroom is lousy with clothes
spelling out greetings if anyone's up there
who can read English.

Matthew Rohrer, "Search for Extraterresterial Intelligence" from Satellite. Copyright © 2001 by Matthew Rohrer.  Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: Satellite (Wave Books, 2001)

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Poet Matthew Rohrer b. 1970

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Home Life, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Language & Linguistics

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Matthew Rohrer was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and raised in Oklahoma. He earned his MFA from the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop. His first collection, A Hummock in the Malookas (1995), was selected by Mary Oliver for the National Poetry Series. He is the author of Satellite (2001), A Green Light (2004), Rise Up (2007), They All Seemed Asleep (2008), and A Plate of Chicken (2009). Destroyer and Preserver (2011). He has . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Men & Women, Home Life, Arts & Sciences, Humor & Satire, Language & Linguistics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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