Poetry

11 Poems by Amanda Nadelberg

Our poetry editor, Wendy Xu, has selected 11 poems by Amanda Nadelberg for her monthly series that brings original poetry to the screens of Hyperallergic readers.

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

 

 

 

Beauregard

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

me

 

 

 

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.

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