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Chapbook poem

My chapbook, Self-portrait in Bronze, charting my first year of sobriety is now available to download and read through my Patreon. You can become a patron here.

Below is a poem from the collection.

I Will Keep Broken Things

after Alice Walker

By broken I mean me & by keep I mean hold,

I mean stay alive, I mean finally acknowledge

that all of this, has been for me, no one else,

for once. I am the ghost and the woman

in morning light. I am a jubilant midnight

and the insects crawling between cracks

in the house. I am blooming petals and shedding

every skin I have worn in the last eight years.

Consider me kintsugi. A broken thing

remastered in gold; this is the dream,

and I am working on my patience,

to file each edge until smooth, place

the pieces in new ways each time, life

becoming art, and pour molten glitter

into the rivulets of change, be remade

as a keepsake, as something others would hope

to hold.

*kintsugi - also known as kintsukuroi, is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum

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