Adele Graf | MEMORY


how can my brain remember
to close my lips for the m

lower the tip of my tongue for the s
touch the roof of my mouth for the d

so I can utter the words
my sister died

after my sister’s brain forgot
how to breathe


Author’s Bio

Adele Graf’s poetry has appeared previously in Vallum, and in other Canadian journals including The Antigonish Review, CV2, The Dalhousie Review, EVENT, The Fiddlehead and Room. Her first poetry collection, math for couples, was published by Guernica Editions in April 2017. She lives in Ottawa.