Harriet McInerney

Tell Me Like You Mean It 3

In curating this chapbook I’m not sure I feel closer to answering these questions: certainly they are never stagnant … But I do feel closer to poetry’s resistance to answer these questions, which does circle back to some kind of answer to my last question – we return to poetry not because we have an answer, but instead return in a process of regeneration.

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‘Three dots, pending text.’

Three dots, pending text. My weather is all out of alignment. The housing bubble is loosing sleep, rapidly, and I’ve moved onto domesticated swamplands. The backyard is made of concrete. My weather is all out of alignment. To explore the …

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Plate Boundaries

I went foraging for a full plate in the forest. / It’s attractive to have a lot on your plate. / An empty plate may be an act of defiance, or politeness. / A plate has no time to consider …

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I’m sorry, I can’t today. I have to focus on wearing my new pants. I’ll be busy wearing the pants all next week. The pants I have are a bit tight around my waistline, but I’m working on it. Besides, …

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On the top of the mountain the cacti stopped for a rest. Exhausted. From there they could see the ocean. These cacti were making their way from the desert to the coast, trampling one clean line through the sand. They …

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