Poem to an Unnameable Man

By Dorothea Lasky b. 1978 Dorothea Lasky
You have changed me already. I am a fireball
That is hurtling towards the sky to where you are
You can choose not to look up but I am a giant orange ball
That is throwing sparks upon your face
Oh look at them shake
Upon you like a great planet that has been murdered by change
O too this is so dramatic this shaking
Of my great planet that is bigger than you thought it would be
So you ran and hid
Under a large tree. She was graceful, I think
That tree although soon she will wither
Into ten black snakes upon your throat
And when she does I will be wandering as I always am
A graceful lady that is part museum
Of the voices of the universe everyone else forgets
I will hold your voice in a little box
And when you come upon me I won’t look back at you
You will feel a hand upon your heart while I place your voice back
Into the heart from where it came from
And I will not cry also
Although you will expect me to
I was wiser too than you had expected
For I knew all along you were mine
 
 

Dorothea Lasky, "Poem to an Unnameable Man" from Black Life. Copyright © 2010 by Dorthea Lasky.  Reprinted by permission of Wave Books.

Source: Black Life (Wave Books, 2010)

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Poet Dorothea Lasky b. 1978

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Relationships, Men & Women, Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Realistic & Complicated

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Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published three collections of poetry, AWE (2007), and Black Life (2010), and Thunderbird (2012), as well as several chapbooks, including the polemical Poetry Is Not a Project (2010). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the New . . .

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SUBJECT Relationships, Men & Women, Love, Desire, Infatuation & Crushes, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

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