Annie Brechin reading her poem read her poem, “Choices,” at Napa Bar, Prague, 26 August, 2012. Click the image above to launch the video. Read the poem below.
You have nothing to do,
so you might as well cut.
But really, there is a lot to do –
texts to be read, the oblation of the essay
the laundry, the washing-up.
Phone so-and-so about such-and-such.
Go out, pretend that there are men
who would obtain you and not then
abstain, refraining from the skin
that’s split with rust –
This is not agony. This is merely
something left over in the back of your head –
like a tune heard once,
forgotten when the ear fell dead.
It’s nothing to you.
You might as well cut.
Lindsey Holland reading her poem, “It Comes To Blood,” which appeared in the August issue of B O D Y.
Video shot by Matt Agan