Katie Ford

Rarely do I remember another month, August. 
Rarely another day do I remember. 

I threw tarps over a life 
and never could they reach?

still hastily I gathered 
tarps more rare by the hour 

in the city of nothing to spare.
I draped true but thin shores 

for the shipwreck 
as the radio said:

Rarely does as rarely has 
grown tired of not doing.

Take your rarities.
Take your household gods.

If you have no gods:
make them.

Found In Volume 37, No. 03
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Katie Ford
About the Author

Katie Ford is the author of Deposition, Colosseum, and Blood Lyrics, which was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum was named among the “Best Books of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and the Virginia Quarterly Review and led to a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize. The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, and The American Poetry Review have published her poems, and her fourth book is forthcoming from Graywolf Press is 2018. Ford teaches at the University of California, Riverside, where she directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts.