Eric Weiskott, author of “Submit Seasonal Poems Two Months in Advance,” is a PhD student in English Language and Literature at Yale University. In addition to scholarly articles on Old and Middle English poetry, he has published poems in Canopic Jar, Cricket Online Review, Versal, and elsewhere.
SUBMIT SEASONAL POEMS TWO MONTHS IN ADVANCE
By Eric Weiskott
I am writing autumn poems
in June, Doctor, my liver hurts,
I have started thinking in words
I don’t recognize. Please help me
kill myself. I love the summer
and what the fall inherits,
trees, the clarity of nighttime.
It is fall during each season
separately, but especially
during summer, which sometimes begins
two months in advance, and sometimes
earlier, the chicks melt, sometimes
summer begins in other countries,
in advance, indiscernibly,
one day it is clear to people
through and through.