Sin Dones; Sam, A Dream; Don't Swallow the Cap

One day, I’ll have a tattoo on / the back of my thumb that says / remember to floss. I’ll be practical / like that, and easily motivated / by guilt.

Written after the band The National, "Don't Swallow the Cap" (excerpted above) sees the narrator reflecting on the sneaky passage of time. "Sam, A Dream," after Black Belt Eagle Scout, plays with color against the grayscale backdrop of winter. Finally, "Sin Dones," after Juana Molina, brings together three disparate images into a contemplative whole. You can read all three poems here.

These poems will be included in Alix's forthcoming chapbook, Tomatoes Beverly.