The Anxiety of Coincidence
Your object will have made a good subject and I should get to tell you so: the bird with a beak but no mouth, we hear him only when it's night in the Dominican Republic and Israel at the same time. Someone will find your marginalia useful, so try to spare some ink. I took dictation only from you, for whom verbs were nothing and tense everything. See the difference, you kept asking, but it wasn't a question. See how enormous— camel hauling an empty wheelchair, conspiracy of hangman men, dried-out song that makes it snow. You realize we could have walked home in the hours taking inventory took, jack of no traits. Bird with no wings.
Copyright © 2010 by Mark Bibbins. Used with permission of the author.
Mark Bibbins is the author of four books of poetry, most recently 13th Balloon (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). He teaches in the graduate writing programs of The New School and Columbia University, and in NYU's Writers in Florence program. He lives in New York City.
Date Published: 2010-12-22
Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/anxiety-coincidence