May 26—The Dow Closes Down 9974

by | Jan 16, 2014 | Poetry

“May 26–The Dow Closes Down 9974” originally appeared in Cannibal. Reprinted by permission of the author.


Some days it is easier to talk with the dead than the living.

On your side of the Atlantic you sleep and I am lonely

thinking of how this talk might wake you.

I check my departure gate,

want to swim in information

grammarian, orator, servant, lender.

The birds sound like Texas

mornings, coins feel heavier.

I don’t have a name for these Old World trees.

The Bible calls the tree both good and evil.

But we know it’s not the apple when the branches cause our undoing,

putting this here, that there—you in our bed in Texas,

me in a Spanish airport, the dead with no return address

hanging over us like a thousand leaves.



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About The Author

Susan Briante

Susan Briante is the author of two books of poetry: Utopia Minus (Ahsahta Press 2011) and Pioneers in the Study of Motion (Ahsahta Press 2007). Briante also writes essays on documentary poetics as well as on the relationship between place and cultural memory. Some of these can be found in Creative Non-Fiction, Rethinking History, Jacket and The Believer. She is finishing work on a new collection of poems, The Market Wonders, inspired by the current economic crisis. Poems from this project have been published in ElevenEleven, Third Coast and 1913 among other journals as well as in the chapbooks The Market is a Parasite that Looks Like a Nest (Dancing Girl Press). Briante is an associate professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona.