2 Poems by Suzanne Marie Hopcroft


REFUSELISION

 

Orchids how sweet not to

want you would be a felony

they say do you know your

rock heartless when you meet

it on the sidewalk a yolk baby

is frying up my brains won’t

break this will too soon so

 

give me just a few more

millennia to trim the wick

she tells me back away slow

from the blaze is burning up

her carnival ember pupils

know a refrigerator when they

see one two three pistol go!

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MONEY CAN’T DO

 

Give me your breath and

I’ll sew you the

moon

 

what is this un-

wisdom about putting the

needle to tin and not to

gauze your benjamins make

a nice cloak in the day but

I’m stitching up a prettier

story with my thumbs and

brain one that’ll

shine across your

back as you rise and

 

fall seriously

friend take the

moon-milk and

run

 

night-black

away

 

away

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Suzanne Marie Hopcroft
is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Yale University and writes from New York City. Her poetry and fiction have recently appeared or will soon appear in PANK, Everyday Genius, and Gargoyle. Suzanne also teaches composition at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.