Lug Your Careless Body out of the Careful Dusk: A Poem in by Joshua Marie Wilkinson

By Joshua Marie Wilkinson

Drawing from the work of Susan Rothenberg, Gwyneth Scally, and Eric Fischl in addition to from the images of Allison Maletz, Joshua Marie Wilkinson’s Lug Your Careless physique out of the cautious Dusk is a book-length poem written in small fragments. constructed from seven sections, the poem is shaped as a lot via the poet’s travels via Turkey, the Baltics, and japanese Europe because it is by way of the films of Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Krzysztof Kieslowski, and invoice Morrison. The painters Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud are right here along whispers of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens. Lug Your Careless physique out of the cautious Dusk is a booklet of cinematic pictures and fragments, of small tales overheard and fast deserted, of hidden letters and make contact with cubicles, and of ghosts who go back with questions.

Born and raised in Seattle’s Haller Lake neighborhood, Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the writer of 1 different booklet of poetry, Suspension of a mystery in deserted Rooms, and the chapbook A Ghost as King of the Rabbits. He holds an MFA from the collage of Arizona and an MA in movie reports from college collage Dublin. almost immediately he lives in Denver, Colorado, the place he's pursuing his doctorate in English and inventive writing and finishing his first film.

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On the Ferris wheel he counts all his brothers’ missing teeth, curling his fingers into the mouth of the eldest & dislodges a penny to fling it down to their companions gazing stupidly up from below. *** The boy-thieves stretch out the lion’s share on the cardboard box in the clubhouse. The most stubborn one they call Hangnail gets the gumption to write it down in his logbook & does it patiently in the skewered light of their forest. 40 *** A white dust of moth-eaten dawn, downy. *** I smack two mosquitoes on you at once, the side of your neck & thigh, miss both & fall to the porch slats, laughing.

Here is where I sat as it began to snow & here is a picture of it. *** Then constructed new stories to pull each other’s old ones to pieces. 44 *** Phonebooth & rain spatter & calls from the dead in the middle of the night. *** Could you re-hide the note I hid inside your steering wheel? Who fell down the flight of stairs without me? Did nobody’s dog follow you properly home? *** Power-outage librarian tricks & termites in the book bindery. 45 *** These are all the rooms of the house where I’m not supposed to lie down.

Grease light, burst bulb garage- & box-light, a boy eases himself under the car, knowing he’ll be caught, yanked out by the legs, beaten, all three or a fourth. 17 *** A cape of blood smeared into the winter brushfield, tree racket over the dishwashers on a break behind the drive-through. *** Each evening I rearrange my bedroom. It’s nearly clockwork. The song’s violins unspool as I pull the furniture around, break a sweat, trap myself in little corners. *** Soon enough beach lice will scour out the eyes of the doe & I will return to heave the lead bathtub out from under the house & finish like a cigarette the story.

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