Dale Champlin, Cosmic Nude with Pearls, Collage, 2021
All day prodding petty evils along. Now bed
will rack me. Bed lurks
above & scowls. Bottom step & each step
up a next stair I can hear
a pillow & two sheets sneer.
Years ago a bed I nuzzled hummed O
sleepyhead, despite & because I’d spun
ugly for hours & cried.
A dog in a story died but actual
Trudge grunted on.
My bed was a boat once.
It lapped & pranced as I tugged
big knots loose & cast off which
way or another the hoist-&-fast
sail might fill– How
does the moon– I began, which wasn’t
at all what I wondered: into each next
word each impulse tipsy-tossed.
They turned themselves over & over
& under, wove & waved.
Review by Maura High
The choppy, wash and surge of the sounds of this poem pull this reader right in and under—whoa! Undertow. We are right there dragging ourselves up the stairs to this now-wracked wreck of a bed and no rest at all. As in her other poems, Zweig has found the form and language that fits.