Whoa by Becky Byrkit


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Whoa by Becky Byrkit

for Lisa Bowden

I can taste that tongue for me you’ve set to rubbing in your pocket
Like a stone excited cricket, flint you’ll strike when right in moonsteam: blue

Glue, apogee, cunt of night. Coyotes, a fire round in a ground.
Much hair is all of your black bones suckling
Open in my throat all ready. Why don’t you stick that brillian

Strop, heartboot into my speechless pickup? I want you as a woman
With a man wants a woman: thick wet neck to drive on, one full dark week naked,
Stung. And stinging, sniffing cell through bruises;
Stinking, ochre-dusted limbs. Notice how the desert

Arson fits us like a cave tonight. Listen
To the fetal flex, my larval only opal. Smell

It? Whisper my, my creosote. By my salmon jesus.
At dawn, nuzzled jaw to thigh, jacketed coiler. please us. O my
Shotgun, now, now. Soon can skin sing where,

Here? Clutch
Unforgotton, button of blood. O currency: the ring around. The moon, and its satellite
Night. Kiss long this maddening, stalling, stillness. Low, watch the ground mouth move.

Becky Byrkit

Becky Byrkit, Kore Press Author

Becky Byrkit (she/her/hers) tended bar at the Mountainairre Tavern near Flagstaff for many years, before receiving her MFA at the University of Arizona in 1992. She and friends founded Among Other Things Inc., Tucson’s longest-running literary arts series that brought hundreds of artists and their audiences together.

Becky protested traditional writer’s workshop formats by developing the Poets’ Voice and Range Workshop, sponsored by the UA Poetry Center, for writers experiencing passionate issues in their relationship to literature. She was an Associated Writers’ Program INTRO award winner in 1992, and received fellowships and honors from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson Community Foundation, and New Letters in American Writing.

In addition to being chosen by A. R. Ammons to appear in Best American Poetry, she won the Sonora Review Prize in Poetry, both in 1994. She is anthologized in a volume published by the University of Arizona Press on southwestern poets, as well as an anthology of influential American women contemporary poets, edited by Nancy Johnson, 1996. Her poems have appeared widley in journals, including Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Phoebe, Exquisite Corpse, New England Review, and many others. Her first book, zealand, was nominated by SUN/gemini Press for the Western States Book Award in 1995; in the same year Becky received a Pushcart Prize nomination for six poems.

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