The night
locked and cellular,

the landscape grows
increasingly perplexed

at the Color aspects
of American democracy,

asking questions about
the limits the social

can do. Autumn of police
shields. Sky’s dipper hangs

low; beanbag rounds
and iPhone glow. Graffiti:

This is my name – I existed,
like pulling a drop

from the drowning-river.
How language can

put one somewhere
and nowhere – a caged

on fire thing.

Photo by Jack B on Unsplash

Adam Day

Adam Day is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (LSU Press, 2020), and of Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books), and the recipient of a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship for Badger, Apocrypha, and of a PEN Award. He is the editor of the forthcoming anthology, Divine Orphans of the Poetic Project, from 1913 Press, and his work has appeared in the APR, Boston Review, Denver Quarterly, Volt, Kenyon Review, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the publisher of Action, Spectacle.