Up in the Hungry Hour Not Hungry

by Dan Rosenberg

Dan Rosenberg is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010) and Thigh’s Hollow (Omnidawn, forthcoming 2015), and he co-translated Miklavž Komelj’s Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, forthcoming 2015). Rosenberg teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College and co-edits Transom.

 

from deep in the sleep-sack it rises
somewhere     a choking     a chime     undone
by such basic biology     we
fracture     frantic we are     fumbling
in the dark to lay our hands upon

what twisted pipe     what red throb inside
our son is breaking him to panic
song and gasping     face bright with breaking
off his breath     the torture note     he hits

and goes on hitting     fists like ducklings
against my work shirt     it is black     I
am yet unrecognizable     I
pull in what parts I can toward my core
a swaddle man     meeting pain with strength

as if that ever          in the thin night
of not sleep we sleep in     I have just
this gesture     if fed if clean if warm
but not too so     a simple creature

we tell ourselves we’ve made     so far our
simple creature inconsolable
by my sad velcro arms at least     my
milkless chest     I lurch to the wall     turn
sway back     carry him nowhere to dawn

 


Dan Rosenberg is the author of The Crushing Organ (Dream Horse Press, 2012) and cadabra (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2015). He has also written two chapbooks, A Thread of Hands (Tilt Press, 2010) and Thigh’s Hollow (Omnidawn, forthcoming 2015), and he co-translated Miklavž Komelj’s Hippodrome (Zephyr Press, forthcoming 2015). Rosenberg teaches literature and creative writing at Wells College and co-edits Transom.

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