A quick list to poets featured in this issue:
Time and External Circumstances
The disconnected self cut
You are sick--very, very sick
The hospital psychiatrist asked
You use your intelligence in negative ways
I have lied in each
I saw you when you were someone else
Your laughter is inappropriate
I took the opiates
You may refuse your medication at any time
I made lists
You could benefit from electroconvulsive shock therapy
My body refused to release
Your past is the reason you can't urinate
She arrived in a black dress,
You don't like black, do you?
as I watched light stipple
Tell me about the abuse
In a corner of night,
Where are you?
I passed each day,
Tell me, then, what do your tears think?
I paced the halls, hid
This is very complex
I threw a strike.
I think its time to leave
I was released from the hospital
Reconnect with your therapist on the outside
I am scary. I scare myself.
Once, I thought you were going to attack me
At home, I have my own riot.
I will make arrangements for you to see someone else
The telephone can change
She won't talk to you unless you make the call
I moved on to the next
I'm counseling a group of sex offenders next
I got pregnant.
You cannot abort the baby
After-birth I mothered my daughter:
We have a pact. You won't kill yourself.
Cross my heart
What kind of pills, how many?
The doctor didn't hide
Where is her underwear?
After a day,
What do you think you were doing?
The baby bit down hard
I close my eyes to find the world
where impossible cities live and hive,
A 41-year-old woman
Refrain from beating her.
I think of Adrienne Rich:
I look for a poetic energy field.
How can I tell the woman