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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