Dismemberment


Your smile makes me think of Larry in “The Razor’s Edge”
Your voice is George singing “Got me escapin’ from this zoo.”
Your eyes are a sculpture by Jesus Rafael Soto.
Your body reminds me of the boy who resembled a seaweed in “2666.”
Your gaze recalls Su Li-zhen watching the man in “In the Mood for Love.”
When you drink coffee I think of myself drinking coffee.
The smoke of your cigarette is like that video of the plastic bag in the wind.
I saw a hawk make an intention movement to fly
and seeing it instantly I saw also
the same jutting movement of the dancer’s head
in Nacho Duato’s “Por Vos Meuro” set to Beyonce’s “Halo”
at the moment where she sings, “I got my angel now.”
at once hearing the sound of it,
and after a moment I thought of your name.
Your kisses could be that photograph of two couples and some steam and two shadows by Joel Meyerowitz.



-Meredith Root-Bernstein