Handbook for a Thursday


Write letters full of rhubarb
cocoa your nose
sharpen your horns
wear vim
seek incandescence
shred meadowsweet by candlelight
marry eyes to asteroids
avoid the puny
be steeplebush: wet-soiled, full of sun
render the weather
gusto the gloom

Lynn Schmeidler’s poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Awl, Barrow Street, Boston Review and Fence, as well as various anthologies including Transition: Poems in the Aftermath (Indolent Books), Drawn to Marvel: Poems from the Comic Books (Minor Arcana Press), Mischief, Caprice and Other Poetic Strategies (Red Hen Press), and Nasty Women’s Poetry Anthology: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (Lost Horse Press). Her chapbook, Curiouser & Curiouser is available at Grayson books http://graysonbooks.com/curiouser--curiouser.html where her forthcoming chapbook Wrack Lines will also be published. The poems appearing here are from her most recent poetry manuscript, History of Gone, which was a finalist for the 2016 Eyewear Publishing Sexton Prize.