Thomas Fink & Maya D. Mason


We wished her a long,
fruitful engagement
though she was not dressed
for such an announcement.

is the answer and
the question.”

Opaque registry instructions.

Oh, and the engagement
was posthumous.
Much time horizontal.


Does a whale
have possessions
that it keeps in the same place?
Sean moved into the bottom

and pays rent,
but his goal is to buy
that house.

Dawn would love it.
She knows how things
work. I attempted

to do her hair
one day.

Thomas Fink, Professor of English at CUNY-LaGuardia, is the author of 10 books of poetry, most recently Hedge Fund Certainty (Meritage P and i.e. P, 2019) and Selected Poems & Poetic Series (Marsh Hawk P, 2016), two books of criticism, and three edited anthologies. His work appeared in Best American Poetry 2007. His paintings hang in various collections.

Maya D. Mason, co-author with Thomas Fink of Autopsy Turvy (Meritage Press, 2010), as well as the forthcoming A Pageant for Every Addiction (Marsh Hawk P, 2020) has published in Otoliths, BlazeVox, ditch, EOAGH, Helios Mss, Marsh Hawk Review, Offcourse, and Set. She teaches fine art at various institutions, and her artwork is featured in various collections in New York and Europe.
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