LOUISE WAREHAM LEONARD
Regrets from Abroad
anything. Not that there is no interest.
Beaches, dislocation, the poem about the
blackbird, all of this is of interest. The years
required to claim residence. The couple
on Dr. Phil who have written in asking for help.
who walks the seawall watching for blue-bottles
as I swim. Sickness is nothing but a collection
of memories, how they surge and fling,
how they inhabit.
I am tired of going. Maybe the only there
is the final there. It begins to look like sleep,
I dream a man sweeps me off my feet
and disappoints. Most nights we forget the argument
but not always.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Louise Wareham Leonard grew up in Wellington and New York City. She is the author of two novels: Miss Me A Lot Of (July 2007, Victoria University Press, New Zealand) and Since You Ask (Akashic Books, New York 2004). Her prose poetry and poetry has appeared in several American journals including Poetry and Quarter After Eight.