From the collection And Don’t Come Back, published in 2021.


so excruciatingly small this spider is
that any gnat would outweigh him but
he is nonchalance on eight legs
rappelling from the lamp switch
let down on an invisible filament
into a hurricane of turbulence
from the heating vent
that swings him through wild dizzy whiplash circles
each revolution the circumference of a ping-pong ball
or in his terms
more like a planetary orbit –

right here in the living room while I watch
huddled in my armchair.


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