Allyson Paty

Score for Likeness

myself from the top of a stairwell / not one full body / but slivers of hand & wrist

as a montage of security footage / skewed / walking out of the frame

or as the neighbors hear me / absent when not pacing / fucking / shouting

the sum total of minutes spent in stairwells / as a currency

we are not poor

blanching the day / as turning a jar will empty it of water

Allyson Paty is the author of the chapbook The Further Away ([Sic] Detroit, 2012). Her poems can be found (or will soon appear) in Tin House, Gulf Coast, DIAGRAM, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Harpur Palate, Sixth Finch, Best New Poets 2012 and elsewhere. She is from New York.