Bruce Covey

Whole

I expect, yes, that things
will get better, but waiting
for them is missing every other.
Like the cello my father
never played. What
if I only purchase books
published this year? Or
wrote with a pen I bought
the year before last?
In Decatur, it's easy
to play bocce, even though
I never met anyone who
knows the rules. Grammar
on the other hand, is
often better broken. My
simultaneous heart. Is
a sentence fragment. 2
days after valentine's
I feel like the cello is
only its hollow core.
Apple of someone's eye.
The apple, I mean
is a part of the eye.


Bruce Covey's sixth book of poetry, Change Machine, was published by Noemi Press in 2014. He lives in Atlanta, GA, where he edits and publishes Coconut magazine and Coconut Books and curates the What's New in Poetry reading series.