Fairytales are Real



Near the sea steps

she inexplicably


took his hand and began

to run buildings


that had not been rebuilt,

the streets ambling


into autumn of police

shields preparing


for choppy waves

of green. Memory history


becomes an image

thrown on the face


of a water body; skewed,

beautiful, like decomposing


permafrost amid comfort

in knowing the sun


progresses toward

dust just as do we,


a doe, or garage.


 

Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020), and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN America Literary Award. He is the publisher of the cultural magazine Action, Spectacle.