. . . auction

By Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969 Stacy Szymaszek
one sketch
of the stormy
petrel

one set of clothes
not to be worn
during the voyage

one log
of the harm
that came

you
miss
a man
so much


music
for Haul
On the
Bowline

slop
chest

small
stuff

prayer
book

Green-
lander
with
a stitch
through
his nose

coin in
his mouth

his custody


broken
holy
stone
at feet
sailmaker
stitches you
inside a sail

last to
touch

your craft


slipped
starboard

pig
on
foot
does
no
good

to stay afloat
to assure
identity


one pot
of ink

one paragraph
on a miscellaneous
custom


quit
the
American
shore
quit
the
shore
of Green-
land


miss
a man


pot of
wood ash

box
of blank
cards

beef bone
sculpture
deducted
form
wages
what
you
bid

seldom
mentioned
in leisure

his form
forecastle
slip


cliché
poor guy . . .

the oath
and the laugh
boom

skylark
flicks a card
in another’s
face

Stacy Szymaszek, “. . . auction” from Emptied of All Ships. Copyright © 2005 by Stacy Szymaszek. Reprinted by permission of Litmus Press.

Source: Emptied of All Ships (Litmus Press, 2005)

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Poet Stacy Szymaszek b. 1969

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

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Biography

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stacy Szymaszek is the author of the chapbooks Orizaba: A Voyage with Hart Crane (2008), Stacy S.: Autoportraits (2008), from Hart Island (2009), and others. She also authored the book-length collections Emptied of All Ships (2005) and Hyperglossia (2009).
 
Szymaszek’s work encompasses a variety of voices and personas, eros, and queer identity. Hyperglossia references ancient Egyptian healing and . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Social Commentaries, History & Politics

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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