Amy Newlove Schroeder
Amy Newlove Schroeder's first book, The Sleep Hotel, received the Field Prize and was published by Oberlin in 2010. Her poems and prose have appeared in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Boston Review, Ploughshares, and Pleiades. She currently lives and teaches in Los Angeles.

I Abandon Poetry Altogether

At the party the body of the young man makes me look              I look The lean uninflected flesh of the belly This casual skin Men looked Now I look The boy dives in the water, then otters back, smiling at me He doesn’t know that bodies can empty like jars He doesn’t...

Strait

the day goes by piecemeal              shroud-light in the afternoon twisted wire face in the mirror your name carved on my collarbone I am a woman now ragged cuticle, flaking lip skin a dry cracked dirt road my hair a noose around my neck & skin like muslin soaked in blood I am...