Sep 25

Building My Own World

By Anna Meister

day after day. Where the alarm is a slow build
I require. Where the snow doesn’t
afterwards. Where I test all the pens, fold in 
berries. Where I only go to one bar it’s the only bar.
Where I get the whole street 
to myself, both the instrument & the umbrella. 
Where I label many different itemGospel
Where I fill the calendar’s tiny boxes. Where I am 
known by my face. Where I dream of giant inflatable strawberries 
in a city where we’ll be later. Where in a lake 
I am a very quiet candle. Where I hold court 
in bed with women I love in a place I hate 
toast with bubbly gin to not staying 
down. Where I find inventive ways to use leftovers, 
slice ginger into soup. Where I never drive again. 
Where the last episode was so sad I don’t know 
if I can finish. Where I fold. Where I watch an idiot walk out 
to the center of an icedover pond like he won’t fall through 
& then he doesn’t. Where I give him a new name. Where I only leave 
the house for potato chips. Where I locate 
the picture of my parents that matters. 
Where there’s an avocado painted on the wall. 
Where I forget to be dissatisfied 
because my plants are thrivingWhere I honor the dead 
right. Where I bake bread on a Monday night. 
Where I stay on the phone her whole commute 
home. Where I am spread out. Where I take a walk 
to survey the current state of things. Where I dance in the living 
room until all breath is gone with the song that goes 
I no longer love the color of your sweater





Anna Meister is an MFA candidate in Poetry at New York University, where she serves as a Goldwater Writing Fellow. A Pushcart Prize & Best of the Net nominee, her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Prelude, The Adroit Journal, Powder Keg, Twelfth House, & elsewhere. A 2015 Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Anna lives & works in Brooklyn.

Art: “The Door” by John Sanderson

A Colorado Native, Sanderson lives in Lancaster. Always looking for his homeland around his home. Wedding/portrait photographer by trade. Designer by education. Passionate about Maple Syrup. Adores his wife and 3 kids.