Mitch Corber – 1 poem

 

TOENAILS AND TEETH

What she touches rushes up
my spleen as spinal rivets
resist the twist
of a hundred screws

Individual shy and of a primal
point these etiquettes
all eschew the warp
of ordinary love,
its cupcakes, its easy oaths

He’s casual as a claw in the
raw testimony of rigid thumbs
spinning her jewels
in secondary school

We’ve rubbed into a doubleplay
— the sync of lips
grappling with a risky plum
the reward of which
is the sum of forgiveness

When friend will you write
with your teeth and your toenails
in the proxy of praxis? 

No shoe followed shoe
in the roundly ragged routine
of seeming to spin intoxicating
as if the front were buttoned
at the back

 

Mitch Corber, author of Quinine, has appeared in Vanitas and Columbia Poetry Review, and online in BlazeVOX, Blackbox Manifold 4, Listenlight and Polarity. A NY Foundation for the Arts fellow, Corber is producer of Poetry Thin Air, the weekly NYC poetry cable show. He is videographer of Thin Air Poetry DVD Archives.

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