This week, a poem by Liam O’Brien.


Companion Poetica


Set you down first:
acres of frost
then: acres of thaw

then: both of us
live under the law

You came up in a green land
shoulders high
over the sea.

I had some green men
to crow over me.

We will set it down
and make bread
and pay the rent:

neither one of us
will be president


LIAM O’BRIEN grew up on a small island outside Seattle. He has recent work in New South and Electric Literature, and is a co-founder of Vetch: A Magazine of Trans Poetry and Poetics. He received his MFA at the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

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