Air Lock by Kate Colby


Form is what
we share the world with—

a wave that doesn’t
take the water with it.

Only you contain me,
like a sieve sorts the sea.

We hold our heads
in each other’s hands,
found an air Atlantis

the key to which breaks the lock
by breaking in it.


Kate Colby is author of seven books of poetry, most recently I Mean (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2015). The Arrangements is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2018. Fruitlands won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America in 2007. She is a founding board member of the Gloucester Writers Center in Massachusetts and lives in Providence, where she was a 2012 fellow of the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts.