|Arsenic Lobster poetry journal||
|Forever Young: Ghost princesses of Blackhawk Island debut repurposed leggings
When Lorine Niedecker (1903-1970) became pregnant after an affair with Louis Zukofsky, he
encouraged her to have an abortion. The doctor who performed the abortion discovered that
Niedecker had been carrying twins, and Niedecker named them “Lost” and “Found”.
It’s better this way.
Eternally 27-year-old twin guardians
of Mama’s island,
Lost checks out aging scholars in tweed jackets
and hiking boots
& Found cackles when men with beanies bow down
to cabin, to Island, to mother.
Sometimes they get bored and play pool
in the back room of Patty Coughlin’s Pub after hours.
They set the bar stools spinning
just before sunrise,
then sneak into the closed Kmart, loot leggings
from damaged goods return bins,
read broken-spined copies of Oprah’s book club choices
between drags of cherry cigars.
The sleepy smoke alarms listen
with clogged ears.
About Emilie Lindemann