Lee Upton

The Cormorant
July 20, 2023 Upton Lee

The Cormorant


They slip the string
over our throats
then tighten it—
oh we dive for the big fish
but can only swallow the smallest of the small
If you’re lucky
you get a little bitty reward:
the taste still in your mouth
of whatever you were made, first, to cough out.


Lee Upton’s most recent book of poetry is The Day Every Day Is (Saturnalia, 2023). Her comic novel, Tabitha, Get Up, is forthcoming in May 2024.