Strange Friend – Sara Biggs Chaney

I. arrival

Her message came on last year’s train.
…………I woke to the sound of a pen, thirsting.
Floorboards broke with beat of wheels.
…………Scratching her message on the ceiling.

I woke thinking reels: How string lilts space,
…………………………………………when dance breaks grass,
…………………………………………………….till dirt meets palms,
………………………………………………………………or fists play sheets,
………………………………………………………………………….while pens roll on.
I, thinking distance.
Smelled exhaust.
Had exhausted my options.
So I woke, hearing remonstrance.
………………………………………………….I think a ripped screen;
………………………………………………….I think the wheels scratched my ceilings.
I think, then, that I woke.
I heard (I think) a warning.
Then 1.) I filled all the vases with water and
2.) I disposed of every flower.
For the most part, I was worried
what would happen after.

Sara Biggs Chaney received her PhD in English in 2008 and currently teaches first-year and upper-level writing in Dartmouth’s Institute for Writing and Rhetoric. Her most recent chapbook, Ann Coulter’s Letter to the Young Poets, was released from dancing girl press in November 2014. Sara’s poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in RHINO, Sugar House Review, Juked, Columbia Poetry Review, [PANK], Gargoyle, Thrush Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. You can catch up with Sara at her website, sarabiggschaney.com 

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