Frannie Lindsay

Objects in Mirror Are Larger than They Appear
February 10, 2014 Lindsay Frannie

Objects in Mirror Are Larger than They Appear


That beautiful girl on a bicycle smoking a cigarette:

her library books are due back


and her boyfriend is starting to ask himself if

he ever loved her, although he knows she has tried so hard


to stop making those feathery cuts on her forearms. See how

the ashes of everything


slide into their easy disguise as sunlight. See how

her backpack zipper winks like it can’t keep a secret.


Death and envy are back on the loose! They are ducking behind

each bulkhead and pile of leaves in their falling-off clothes,


reaching limblessly out to the tips of all they are not

allowed to touch.

Frannie Lindsay’s fifth volume, If Mercy, was released by The Word Works in 2016. Her work appears in Best American Poetry 2014, Ted Kooser’s column American Life in Poetry, and Poetry Daily, and was awarded  the Missouri Review prize. She is a classical pianist.