Sarah Levine is the author of Her Man (The New Megaphone Press, 2013.) Work has appeared in Best New Poets, Fourteen Hills, PANK, Green Mountains Review among others. Levine received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, won Westchester Review's Writers' Under 30 Prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She currently teaches Middle School English in Western Massachusetts.
I Hear a Goose in the Sky Say Again
By Sarah Levine
We started in a bedroom
tossing watermelon out a window,
watching chickens pick for seeds.
Your hand on the back of my neck
and if I told the entire story
I would never get it back.
You are one loud sentence
someone finds wherever there is dancing.
These days I leave parties alone and
on the walk home taste
the time we talked about toys geese and love,
when I wore all white in the grass.
The things we do in the dark do us good
you said before your hand
fell from the back of my neck.
It was forever ago, me with a body
full of mad flapping birds.
You loved birds, loved
to watch a storm of geese
flock into our field
while I kneeled in wheat
staring at my hands.
"Sarah Levine's poems paint an illustrious and chilling portrait of every day life -- finding the strange nuances and details that many of us don't see. I love her poems -- and their quietness. In her poem "Funeral," the last lines kill me: 'sometimes you/make it difficult to live.'" - Joanna Valente, 2016 Poetry Judge,