Because I am different
than I should be, I undo
myself like fingers

on a keyboard:
a crooked window
framing a perfect world.

The song lingers
stiff with hungry crickets,

but in my black
glass skin
in my coffee,
I'm still turning.

About the Poet

Ali Coad is an Ohio-born poet currently working on an English degree with an emphasis in creative writing at The University of Georgia. She will be graduating in May 2011 and applying to MFA Poetry programs for 2012.