I Want to Thank the Wind Blows

By Alli Warren Alli Warren
Sound of the rain so I know
there’s constraint
sound of  the train
so I know commerce
has not come to a standstill
now they raise the barrier
now they set it back in place

What coats the bottom
of  the surface of  the sound
when the swifts come in
when the clerks come home
who will bathe the children
who will bake the bread

when the luff is tight
when the mainsheet
starts the boat underway

whatever you do don’t
let the tongue slip
from its moorings

what’s that song?
love lift us up where we belong

I ate the pill
and the pill was real

Source: Poetry (September 2014).

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This poem originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

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Biography

Alli Warren was born in Los Angeles. In her poems, Warren explores themes of social, economic, and personal desire. Describing Warren’s debut collection Here Come the Warm Jets as “self-reflective, interestingly interrogative, and a lot of fun,” in a 2013 Booklist review, Mark Eleveld noted that the book “places the reader at the center of time and presents big questions without ever being declarative. Warren is ever . . .

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Poem Categorization

SUBJECT Living, Life Choices, Activities, Travels & Journeys

POET’S REGION U.S., Western

Poetic Terms Free Verse

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