a Perimeter 4

Kayla Krut

Sarah Vaughan has a voice for these conditions.

Look at god, galateal.
Tipped bowl of your wire-veined palm.
Reluctant to join the host
but joined regardless.

Before we start we split a joint
under an umbrella.

I'd happily lose my teeth
to birds or foxes or to a second man
for your wrists,
which so well bear repeating.

Kayla Krut is a Zell Fellow with the Helen Zell Writers' Program at the University of Michigan, where she received an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her work has recently appeared in Print-Oriented Bastards, the Brooklyn Review and the Berkeley Poetry Review. She is from San Diego, California.