TheThe Poetry
≡ Menu

Crooked

I wanted a crooked man.
I panned for a crooked man.
I tea spooned out

trenches until I dug up
my crooked man.
Now I have a corner

on a crooked man,
a crooked house.
I got crookider

And crookider,
out of whack.
Nakeder than cheese,

clothed with nakedness.
Tilt and spin,
I let in every draft.

No matter.
Nothing straightens
any of us out.

Nothing goes
according to plan.
Unless the plan is a crooked plan.

___________________________________________
Lee Upton’s most recent book is Swallowing the Sea: On Writing & Ambition Boredom Purity & Secrecy (Tupelo).  In 2014 a collection of her short stories, The Tao of Humiliation, is forthcoming from BOA Editions.  She is a professor of English and writer-in-residence at Lafayette College.

Photo credit: Cece Ziolkowski.
Copyright © 2013 by Lee Upton. Used with permission of the author.

To get free latest updates, just sign up here

Christine Gelineau is the author of the book-length sequence APPETITE FOR THE DIVINE and the collection REMORSELESS LOYALTY, winner of the Richard Snyder Prize (both from Ashland Poetry Press). With Jack B. Bedell she edited the anthology French Connections: A Gathering of Franco-American Poets. A recipient of the Pushcart Prize, her poetry, reviews, and essays have appeared widely. Gelineau teaches at Binghamton University and in the low-residency MFA at Wilkes University.

View all contributions by

Leave a Comment