Nothing’s forming but driving dreams again Somewhere in a Silver Lake sushi restaurant bathroom There’s a spider who knows Pretty Woman by heart There are two types of people and they are both sort of doomed With just one hand you can stop the rocking horse cold Curve the bow all the way into another bow Pull from the earth what you can muscle Like, seize the leaf A freckle taken on the shape of another freckle I have worked for free Somewhere a woman is waking up and that is awesome The answer is seance, floating eye punch, and making out What’s there You may fish a line from my mouth When I am asleep But if it is too small to chew, let it go Leave me at the dream-wheel
For fear of walking away from the rave (it’s raining) And not feeling stricken by a feeling bolt under Dream Auto Sales A car in a cloud watching over the lot, The world, my glitter-suit, and a door Levitating ahead of me That I refuse to open for obvious reasons. It’s best to see the light for what it is: a sign to stop dancing, Walk the plank home to victory, Fit the heart-shaped breast-plate over one’s chest, Eat a croissant, and go to work. Smooth over that tile from the dancefloor, Haunt a new one, Bathe in it, awake with clawfeet, Put the scarier dolls in the attic And leave the other ones out to look at, To look at you. And then there’s the bigger light which is between The first door and the second Of the one you’ve chosen to let in, Looking like confetti, Expecting frozen yogurt, in a dream, Just past the mist, hugging the bone. Keep having fun if it means having nothing to say At the risk of being eaten. Give the skull what it wants Or be mistaken for the one who does. Claim space by the fire-pit for later. Humming a wreath up early but not too soon.
Cori Hutchinson is a poet, library assistant, ice nymph, and co-curator of Mascot reading series in Brooklyn. Past poems have appeared in Confluence, Occulum, and FORGE Rolling Paper.
Sarah Waddle is a Texas-born artist and actor, and is currently based in Elgin, Illinois. She recently graduated from Rockford University with a BFA in acting/directing, and spends her time painting her nightmares for your viewing pleasure. You can see her work at @sarahwaddleart on Instagram.