It Is Fortunate That You Found Your Way At All

Into being, you arrive

& a tiny

God becomes

Your failures, your guardian

Your switchbacking

Guts

Mania accumulates

Little by little

Like the underskin

Of others beneath

A fingernail—

What to believe

Is made & unmade

Depending on how heavy

Your head beneath

The chaos of stars feels

Front page image by Velo Steve.

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Alex Lemon

About the Author

Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir, and the poetry collections Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout and Fancy Beasts. A book of essays and a new poetry collection are forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Huffington Post, Best American Poetry 2008, Satellite Convulsions, Tin House, Kenyon Review, AGNI, The Southern Review and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He is a frequent book reviewer for the Dallas Morning News. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, and teaches at TCU. He is www.alexlemon.com and tweets as @Alxlemon.
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