From Autumn Opens a Door, the collection published in fall 2015.
Check Your Soul For Holes
You made me angry for the last time. I
seized you and stuffed you in my purse
I did, and carried you around until I had time and
I pulled you out and drew a great big X
across your face with a thick black marker
and tore you in half. A kind of
exorcism has just taken place right here in my kitchen.
I wonder if you sit in a chair somewhere with a headache and
trouble seeing. I hope so.
You can capture a
person’s soul by capturing a likeness
some people have believed
I think the idea is nonsense
but avoiding jail for murder is all I wanted
and that’s what I got. I can’t answer for what
might happen if you upset me again.
I haven’t got any more photographs