"See Whether," "November," and "Pencil"

See Whether

Ask her if
She notices
The big blue shadow
Change the look of moon

The anyold​
Space between
Now and then
Now and again




I used to like to up-front differences

To iron them out

Now I’ve given that away

To cut my losses


On the sole melody we had in common versus

New harmonic breath

We catch, release, allow

To get away.


Love is less impossible

When I consign myself

To peace instead

Of smoothing wrongs.


How is it possible the sky

Can shine across the river

Anymore, the heart beat

Purely as the distance from a grave?




Lead is soft

Page is soft

I write something

You may read


Another city

Full of windows

Means paintings

In the many minds


I practice being

Quiet by myself

With you away

From here


I hear speech

Invisible I indulge

In your language




Sheila E. Murphy

Sheila E. Murphy is the recipient of the Gertrude Stein Award for her book Letters to Unfinished J. (Green Integer Press, 2003). Her most recent book is Golden Milk (Luna Bisonte Prods, 2020). Reporting Live from You Know Where won the Hay(na)Ku Poetry Book Prize Competition (Meritage Press (U.S.A.) and xPress(ed) (Finland), 2018). Also in 2018, Broken Sleep Books brought out the book As If To Tempt the Diatonic Marvel from the Ivory. The chapbook Separation Theory (Writers Forum, 2004) was just reprinted (Trainwreck Press, 2022).


Edited for Unlikely by Jonathan Penton, Editor-in-Chief
Last revised on Monday, January 7, 2019 - 14:44