Fourteen Lines for Betrayal by Lisa Fay Coutley


& the small bird at the roof’s edge
            breath of cloud   you’ve never felt
                        so amazed   that’s how

                        accidents happen sudden
            talons against the sky   night shadow
of trees against the neighbors’ roof   our moon
having its way with a light & a dark
            From the hammock her face tilts
                        just enough from the small

                        fire he’s keeping inside her
            voice never the still fruit hanging
so delicate the heart weighing less than

a pound   hold hers in his hand
a single ringing buzzing thing            



Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of ERRATA (SIU, forthcoming 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and In the Carnival of Breathing (BLP, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. Her poetry has been awarded a fellowship from the NEA, scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize.