Louise Bourgeois, “Lullaby” (detail) (2006), series of 25 screenprints on fabric, installation view at the Museum of Modern Art (photo by Elisa Wouk Almino/Hyperallergic)

Esther or Not

To be under a wave

of white sod

half stars half flowers


When I play tennis

I’m a menace

Lid on Mars

To make meaning

in the open mode

operate the

sentence switch

Post No Bills

Maybe if I throw

more bread down

the birds will come

There Is Nothing to Save

Man was inconsistent

for an animal

One door opened

and daycare fell out and

I’d prefer if someone

took this cup away from


When Flashing Help Is on the Way

I could have called

this “Forest Ethics”

Friday Morning FiDi

Sometimes I imagine

everyone leaving

Walgreen’s is

buying Plan B

Awful Museum

Hair as time

Sea Call Farm

We climb the hill from our panic years ago

Microclimates of Grief

I got you a cake

Go fuck yourself

Another Green World

To have instead the stars the

weather acquits some trees

you said “for your sake” and I

preserved the worst discrepancies

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Amanda Nadelberg is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Songs from a Mountain (Coffee House, 2016). She lives in Oakland.

Wendy Xu is the author of the poetry collections Phrasis (Fence, 2017), winner of the 2016 Ottoline Prize, and You Are Not Dead (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2013). The recipient of a Ruth...