(after Julie Speed)
It might be that she really does want the neighbor girl
And if the girl is cross, who will blame her—the aprons and frayed
(The windows curve in convex rooms. The corners
Until one says "He is not even half as old as I—"
"To turn away from you, mistress,
I wrote this poem after looking at several pieces by artist Julie Speed. One piece in particular, Blueboy, appears to be composed of both cornered curves and curved corners. It features three figures, and it seems as though the electricity between the three of them is what affects this sense of slopes and awkward diagonals. I wanted to write a poem which used voice to evoke a similar effect—a sort of triangulated circling. It felt vaguely Victorian and oblique (like the characters in the poem)—making a line of poetry, a thing that appears straight, bend and turn. It was then that I realized that the picture fascinated me mostly because the movement of the lines in it reminded me of the way lines of poetry move—a sort of "textured air" composed by turning lines.