The Anatomy of Energy

BY Katie Jean Shinkle


The ways we are electric is this:
how I put my finger inside a socket,
how an entire rewiring is actually a type of haunting,
a ghost who will not leave.
How can I reconnect the parts of me
that are lost if they forget,
and in the forgetting
we long, such nostalgia.

This is the year of my leave-taking
of my wandering, of the absentia
that is the way you once
looked at me or how
you kissed me on a bridge overlooking
a river in winter: do
you remember, too? It is so sticky
this way to remember.
I am astonished to find
it ever mattered to begin with. 


Katie Jean Shinkle is the author of The Arson People (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015) and Our Prayers After the Fire (Blue Square Press, 2014), as well as four chapbooks which includes There Are So Many Things That Beg You For Love (Damaged Goods Press, forthcoming.) She is co-fiction editor of DIAGRAM and creative nonfiction editor of Banango Street.