FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: ADAM CLAY


AND SNOW IS WHAT SNOW HAS ALWAYS BEEN
by ADAM CLAY

Of course a quilt is a house—

And of course you can become so enamored
with an image that you become it:

like the snow all over town
and like the snow
all over town you become it.

You have far-reaching talent for
mass appeal and for sending a few thousand birds
a few thousands miles south. And when it is March
you might even melt a bit but you are last
to tuck us in at night
and last to think a thought we wish we had:

what we croon is what we have a deed to, and the deed
is some thing we think we thought we always had.

First appeared in Fou. Reprinted with permission from Adam Clay.

Adam Clay is the author of The Wash. His second book, A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. He co-edits Typo Magazine, curates the Poets in Print Reading Series at the Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, and teaches at Western Michigan University.

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7 Responses to FRIDAY POETRY SERIES PRESENTS: ADAM CLAY

  1. Sivan says:

    “And of course you can become so enamored with an image that you become it.” Lovely. A great find Lezlie!

  2. Sivan says:

    Hmmm… I read it as the general “you.” As in, the poet is actually talking about himself as the general populace. If not that, then it’s about someone he loves or someone who has scorned him. Who else do we write about?! : )

    • Lezlie says:

      The general you, is that like the royal we? 🙂 “You might even melt a bit but you are last/to tuck us in at night.” It’s so lonely, i love it.

  3. Sivan says:

    Indeed, the general you and the royal we are having tea together. : ) Lonely, yes, isn’t lonely poetry just lovely?!

  4. Lezlie says:

    It is. Crumpet?

  5. Sivan says:

    Indeed! Pass the clotted cream!

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