Review: A Quiet Learning Curve

Leah Angstman
Jun 28, 2016 · 4 min read
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I fold the laundry
in between loads of dishes
as you make lists in the air
ticking off items collected over the years.

You place them in neat piles,
short and haphazard,
realizing most everything
is mine by default.

[ … ]

You notice the clock given to us
at our wedding and how it stopped
telling proper time and mention
the Swedish Love Knot
that unraveled years ago.

[ … ] (from “Whispers Something about Irony”),

[ … ]
The door clicks open and my progeny

eases in to deliver rapid fire cartoon fantasies
about the time she was a cat trainer
living in the circus and didn’t I remember that?
Or was I just too old to imagine it?

(from “Sparking the Fire”),

[ … ]

We are the pain
creeping into joints without remorse,
the pulling of muscles flexed
beyond intension, the subtle tightening
a warning to us all.

[ … ] (from “Hollow”),

[ … ]

We dance back and forth
until you and I are nothing
more than a closed system
that finds the tiny existence
of our relationship isolated
and unchanged — a perpetual
momentum.

Never falling backward,
never moving forward.

(from “(critical) mass”).

Wrong Charles,
Death,
Man is never ready for …
Simple things might send him to the madhouse,
But you can leave eventually,
[ … ]
Death, there is no turning back …
[ … ] (from “Wrong Charlie”),

[ … ]

It only became visible when scholars, who had nothing
else to put on their Minority Literature syllabus,
decided to put
Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee on the
mandatory reading list.

(from “Half-Breeds and Scholars”).

She told me that “If I didn’t
know you personally, I would
never approach you … you’re very blue
collar and always have a sneer on your face.”

Well, baby, I wear that persona like
a battle scar … never wanting to
wear my poetic side on my sleeve.

[ … ] (from “Blue Collar, White Heat”).

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

Leah Angstman

Written by

Transplanted Midwesterner; EIC of Alternating Current Press; reviewer at Publishers Wkly; CNF & fiction writer and poet. Find her at http://leahangstman.com.

The Coil

The Coil

Literature to change your lightbulb.

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