On Leave

Words, Subject Matter, and Forms in Need of Immediate Retirement (Or at Least a Lengthy Sabbatical) from Contemporary American Poetry 

splayed

unfurled

finger (as verb—only one predominant denotation/connotation)

cancer/Alzheimer’s

mother/father (aging/dying parents)

poem (except for that rare ars poetica—check the cutout bin)

fireflies

I thought of/I imagine __________ in __________ as __________ (whatever historical figure + place + event…your choice).

ghazal/”This next poem’s titled Ghazal.” (Got it.)

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