Andrew Zawacki

Viatica (8)

still it lacked the imperious
antecedent, a misspelled word

that signaled another word
to render us by: half jade, half jet,

octobering into the afterleave
on improvise and ache, the sound

we make when scraped against
each other: you who guard

the errant of your letter, I
who can’t get rid of what I’ve got