Gillian Conoley
Contributions

Gillian Conoley is the author of six books of poetry, most recently The Plot Genie and Profane Halo. Her work has appeared in over 20 national and international anthologies, including W.W. Norton's American Hybrid, Counterpath's Postmodern Lyricisms, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, Nuova Poesia Americana, and Best American Poetry. She has received the Jerome J. Shestack Award from The American Poetry Review, several Pushcart Prizes, an Academy of American Poets Prize, and a Fund for Poetry Award. Editor and founder of Volt magazine, she teaches in the Program for Writers and Poets at Sonoma State University, and makes her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Experiments in Patience I


Vale of soul making––


The cottontop tamarind
& the common marmoset
approach.

The tamarind eats insects
with quick jabbing strikes
while the common marmoset

must wait for days
for gum to flow
from trees.



Six signs you need to detox–– Patience broods and peacocks


Virtue stirs the pulp


I will wait for the God who saves me     the hosannah     of all I am programmed for
to escape me


Unfiltered sun
an elevator down


A species



of dandelions,   yellow splashes




Experiments in Patience II


Family more
than genetics
and laundry

sweep the earth
in your
cemetery slippers

one foot slipping out



Experiments in Patience III


the speaking machine sits there listening,

a pit and a dungeon.       somebody is not going

to make it in time.    but will see you later.

a promissory.


out the window summer voices of children herded

by volunteers.       see you in ten.

how ‘bout never?


how does never

work?

a frayed stylus


brushes the worn-out record’s

subcutaneous enormities.

look we’ve all heard this a million times.


graveyard boots

outside a white shed.

            I love you

beside a small red plastic fork.


sag         drags and falls,

ministerial flora
near the watercress.


see you.               I love you,

but it spills