I am swallowing books and medicine together.
Milosz’s Confession and some small black pills
Jenny says are from Thailand.
I’m not sure if either are helping,
but what could they hurt?
I’ve read Triggering Town,
A Poetry Handbook, and The Imperfectionist
this week, and I’ve gargled with warm salt water
I read Hemingway’s Killers for class this morning,
and took whatever yellow pills Fish gave me as I was leaving.
Thank you Robert Creeley for your Wicker Basket,
and thank you Sarah for boiling the water for my
Thera Flu. The crosstown bus lurched and I couldn’t
finish Babel’s Crossing Into Poland.
The express 2 pulled up and I could hardly
hold my food down. Does garlic help
if you’re sick from acetaminophene? How about reading
I’ve taken more than I know what to do with
I think the medicine is bruising my
I can’t take one more pill,
or swallow one more short story,
I think the books gave my throat