Poetry / Nikki Wallschlaeger
:: Sonnet (8) ::
Do not feed the negativity machine it gives us light, beautiful signs of blight We should all be oyster joyous & keyless When we have our geometries managed And the intersections waiting on tables showing us how to be better at patience We can feel a little now when the mayors of The dead have taken care of the layering Before the next afterparty is born That we are going to be abundantly Pleasant & quiet on a payday afternoon. “We’re only human,” says guidance counselor. “When you accept yourself, everyone wins.”
From the writer
:: Account ::
Form is everywhere & it’s useless to deny it, so I like to play with the illusion of having control. This is from a series of sonnets that I’ve placed into small buildings, but since the bank owns the buildings that I move in, I am only paying mortgage. We have an understanding. The sonnet has agreed to the task of my subversions, that the security guard is on a permanent lunch break so we can get inside. A window that is open on the top floor? A claw in the painting? These are my micro-victories against hegemony.
Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work has been featured in DecomP, Esque, Word Riot,
Spork, Likewise Folio, Horse Less Review, Storyscape Journal, Coconut,
Bone Bouquet (forthcoming, in collaboration with Laura Goldstein), and others.
She is also the author of the chapbook THE FROGS AT NIGHT (Shirt Pocket
Press) and the chapbook, I WOULD BE THE HAPPIEST BIRD (Horseless Press), as well as Associate Poetry Editor at Coconut Poetry. She lives in Milwaukee,
WI, and you can reach her at www.nikkiwallschlaeger.com.