Girl, Informing

& a helicopter flat
 against the moon   constantly
hauling bodies. My foot
  is the shape of my motherís.
The lavenderís at the door.
Blind me. Take away
      my right. Tell me the smell of purple
youíve never smelled before.
 Astronaut, occluding. Forget what 
       you can   forget
what you cannot. Take the curve
                                         of the earth at the roof

                          of my mouth.  


Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Back-Talk (Articles Press, 2010), winner of the ROOMS Chapbook Contest. Her poems have been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, scholarships to the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writersí Conferences, an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, and have appeared recently in Seneca Review, Ninth Letter, Third Coast, Best New Poets, and on Verse Daily. She is a teaching fellow and poetry editor for Quarterly West at the University of Utah.