Trifling Bureaucracies


And how did trifling bureaucracies

lodge such    a vast

root      in me


I forget my real vocation

not executive

not my want

like     stepping back into daughterhood


rehearsing defiance to empty rooms

the black ball     of the     master’s discontent

regaining consciousness

inside of a bullet

Carmen Giménez Smith is a poetry editor at The Nation and publisher of Noemi Press. She is the author of six collections of poetry including Cruel Futures and Be Recorder (both forthcoming).

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