What I Want (Rosetta Stone Remix)
A tall thin husband
that hogs the ball,
Not to study Spanish over a prolonged period of time
but to suddenly speak Spanish fluently,
A complete fasting of the mind,
the moss and thick underbrush
covering its outer shell
worn in the manner of a redheaded woman
wearing her curly red hair.
A bright spring day suddenly rinsing
out this ash of enveloping smog
the world entire.
A tall man
with a thin face
peering with great intent
into a thick book.
But a coloring book!
Surely my husband will not be able to read!
Como nativo sería hablarlo.
Bones of steel
encased in fluffy white clouds.
H2O mixed with CO2.
fasting of the mind.
Copyright © 2016 Map Literary and Jeff Alessandrelli
Jeff Alessandrelli is the author of the full-length collection THIS LAST TIME WILL BE THE FIRST (Burnside Review, 2014). Other work has appeared or will appear in Denver Quarterly, The American Poetry Review, Boston Review and five chapbooks. The name of Jeff’s chapbook press is Dikembe Press and the name of his vinyl-record only poetry press is Fonograf Editions; for the latter outfit Eileen Myles’ Aloha/irish trees was just published.