from Letters Inscribed In Snow (I)

In the first divulged permutation I asked the sun. She asked swallows. Her “I” swam a murky legacy.
No, “his” said, undoing a hem. That was not the first object of my tale, not the first telling.
She unclasped the arms about her arms, and set him, his pale story arms, down upon a bench in the light. They looked like nothing. Not even snow.

Laynie Browne is the author of ten collections of poetry and two novels. Her most recent collection of poems, Lost Parkour Ps(alms) is out in two editions, one in English, and another in French, from Presses universitaires de Rouen et du Havré (2014). She is a 2014 Pew Fellow. Forthcoming books include Scorpyn Odes (Kore Press) and P R A C T I C E (SplitLevel Texts).