NOMI STONE - I Wrote Another Poem for You

from by 90s Meg Ryan



                                             -for JMR

Happy Sunday, are you awake? It is morning,
and the effect of the window is the room
naked with light. The tree’s effect
as it froths its cream over the streets is a sensation
in the chest of a woman wearing a red hat
of momentary immortality. The effect of
the sun is a boy took off his socks
scootering barefoot & in a meadow outside
the city, blue chives broke open their buds
& later a couple found them at the grocery,
ate them on a salad. That hour I was in a café,
reading the same philosopher again, opening
his difficult argument. He said: not in effects
but in things. Not tree-effects but tree as
tree; window as window; sun as sun. I
had been measuring the flush that shook
me when I saw you on the street, the joules
of heat under my skin.  I stepped
backward, exiting the frame to watch your
slightly askew bangs, your stride, the shape
of your life in your 39th year, rising.

NOMI STONE is the author of the poetry collection Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly, 2008), an MFA Candidate in Poetry at Warren Wilson College and a PhD Candidate in Cultural Anthropology at Columbia University. She earned a Masters in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from Oxford and was a Creative Writing Fulbright scholar in Tunisia. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in Guernica, Poetry Northwest, Blackbird, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. She is currently working on Kill Class, a collection of poems based on her fieldwork within US combat simulations. Stone has lived in Tunisia, Morocco, Egypt, and Jordan.


from The Studded Belt Phenomenon, released June 28, 2015


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In 1989 Meg Ryan immortalized herself as Sally Albright.
Throughout the next decade, she mesmerized us all.

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