nowhere      (and thither)
I am not in my time.    you are

whatever might be
deferring the direct question

edging your chair a little nearer to the table
I fear now to hear my own story
           fell in love with
         a small thing   nobody

but a line    hanging
as if it could ascend through the skylight


Pia Aliperti is a poet and teacher living in Inwood, NYC. Her poems have appeared in Bone Bouquet, Rattle, The Best American Poetry blog, and A Clean Well-lighted Place. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and of The New School's MFA program. The poems included in this issue of Tinderbox Poetry Journal are excerpted from "Solitude Must Share My Solitude," an erasure of Jane Eyre.