Ignatz Domesticus

By Monica Youn Monica Youn
Then one day she noticed the forest had begun to bleed into her waking life.

There were curved metal plates on the trees to see around corners.

She thought to brush her hand against his thigh.

She thought to trace the seam of his jeans with her thumbnail.

The supersaturated blues were beginning to pixillate around the edges, to
               become a kind of grammar.

She placed a saucer of water under her lamp and counted mosquitoes as
               they drowned.

Soot amassed in drifts in the corners of the room.

She pressed her thumb into the hollow of his throat for a while and then
               let him go.

Monica Youn, “Ignatz Domesticus” from Ignatz. Copyright © 2010 by Monica Youn. Reprinted by permission of Four Way Books.

Source: Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010)

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Poet Monica Youn

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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Monica Youn is the author of Barter (Graywolf Press, 2003) and Ignatz (Four Way Books, 2010), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and the New York Times Magazine, and she has been awarded fellowships from the Library of Congress and Stanford University, among other awards. A former lawyer, she now teaches . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Nature, Arts & Sciences, Reading & Books, Social Commentaries, Popular Culture

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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