the clipped sentence
the slur of the sleepless

swift and in passing
a music of questions

it is the not-beauty
it is in the plate she prepares

xylophone and boiling water
her own voice and toy noise

mama and sparrow
stomp and stillness

it is a kind of fire that changes shape
it is a kind of shape that can collapse

Atoosa Grey is a poet and songwriter living in Brooklyn, NY. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School where she won 2nd place in the Paul Violi Poetry Prize 2013. Her poems have been published on the Best American Poetry Blog, Eunoia Review, and in Common Ground Review print journal.