WRECK PARK

Levi Rubeck, Art by Sean Robert Fitzgerald

LEVI
RUBECK

from Pet Names


Don’t start with dead insects,

she says. Messiahs in tutus,

maybe the burden of sleep.

Write about something real.

Mention soft hands,

kitten tunnels in the comforter,

anything but what

you usually start with.

Not the ballerina

who grazes on the edge

of the future of fashion.

Not the resilience of pink

in the velvet space-scape.