“Bittermilk,” “Field & Fly”
These poems were plucked from my chapbook a boy named jane (Bottlecap Press, 2017). They are an earnest attempt at writing persona poetry à la John Berryman where the voice of the poems reconciles with the entropic nature of the body. The intention with this writing was to lace sentiments of the meaningful and the meaningless through the poem to humble the poetry. Not unlike the indifferent atoms that make up the fictional body of the narrator (atoms which may have once made up the bodies of dinosaurs or circus flies), this language is as intentional as it is unplanned. The reader is meant to confront the existential in these poems to both feel known and to feel discomfort.