Volume 10 (Fall 2015)

Landon Godfrey

 

 

Houseguest

          

 

 

 

 

 

Landon Godfrey is a poet and artist. She is the author of Second-Skin Rhinestone-Spangled Nude Soufflé Chiffon Gown (Cider Press Review, 2011), selected by David St. John for the Cider Press Book Award, and two chapbooks, In the Stone (RAPG-funded, 2013) and Spaceship (Somnambulist Tango Press, 2014). She co-edits, designs, and publishes Croquet, a letterpress postcard broadside poetry journal.

 

On Libations: Champagne in a coupe glass, while standing alone for a moment eavesdropping on my friends in the next room laughing and talking around my dinner table. 

 

 

Stained throw pillows crowd you on the sofa with friendly obstinacy like someone else’s old aunt repeating a long story at a party you didn’t want to attend. A one-hundred-year-old wool blanket spreads out its stripes on the bed like biotech crops planted where an ancient forest has been felled. And when you try to sleep, the house whispers like a guillotine blade on a business trip cooing reassurances to the impatient basket below: Back soon, Darling.