“And Other Themes”

A Poem by Tongo Eisen-Martin

September 22, 2021  By Tongo Eisen-Martin

Started the record over
An agreement of old souls
Your hands chasing the baseline through air—and it’s easy going
For you, three street lamps at the window
With gifts—the rest of our lives
The dresser bends (being just another form of light)
I missed your call
Lost in the memory of your waste—my mind might
actually become free
Out of body her room moves me
Do you mind if I live for you tonight?


Blood on the Fog

From Blood on the Fog: Pocket Poets Series No. 62 by Tongo Eisen-Martin. Used with permission of City Lights Books. Copyright © 2021 by Tongo Eisen-Martin.

Tongo Eisen-Martin
Tongo Eisen-Martin
Tongo Eisen-Martin is the Poet Laureate of San Francisco, California. He is the author of Heaven Is All Goodbyes (City Lights Books, 2017), which was shortlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, received the California Book Award for Poetry, an American Book Award, and a PEN Oakland Book Award. He is also the author of someone's dead already (Bootstrap Press, 2015). Blood on the Fog is his new collection of poems.

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