Brett Hanley is a Poetry Editor for Southeast Review. She holds an MFA from McNeese State and is a PhD candidate at Florida State. Their work is forthcoming or has recently been published in Gulf Coast, West Branch, Ninth Letter, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has received support from The Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and American Poetry Journal recently published their debut chapbook, Defeat the Rest. Photo credit: Nathan Mullins
MOVEMENT by Brett Hanley
Tuesday, 12 April 2022
I said, tie me up, tether me to something.
I want to show the universe I’m ok
with being stuck. I craved severe stasis.
Why did everything have to be so dark,
so intense with me? True stasis is contrary
to our nature, contrary to everything,
she told me, and I rolled my eyes,
and I went to the home improvement store,
and I bought some rope, and I presented it
to her like it was a necklace of real pearls,
the kind that pass the teeth test grittily,
and she took it and bound me to a chair.
I’ve always preferred the Jeff Buckley
cover of our song to the Cohen original.
It’s partly the way he sighs at the beginning
of it, like someone who woke up in a meadow
from a dream of drowning in the lake,
the leeches at once swooping doves.
- Published in Issue 23