Winner of the 2004 Four Way Books Intro Prize
selected by Marianne Boruch
LATIN ROOTS SUI AND CIDIUM
Under oneself. Tending, and does. Thinking only of one’s hand.
Sui as in suitor—suing and pursuing.
To cede, which is withdraw. Sidelong. A glancing under decide.
Words get tired of melodrama and off themselves. Lying there, suitable.
An overuse of is, is, is. Sous as in under. Can you spare one under.
I haven’t got a side. What it is: preventable. Ensuite. Or isn’t—it’s predisposed of.
Ici dieu. Where. Sous. You see. Non. Underneath veined cities.
Sweet seed, don’t grow, don’t, my sour sigh.