Mud / Brooke Ellsworth

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dancing girl press, 2015


Brooke Ellsworth is author of the chapbook, Thrown (The New Megaphone).  She currently lives in Queens, NY and teaches at Parsons School of Design.  For more information please visit:





you were in jail and nobody could find you

the old woman upstairs had a terrible fall on

the way down a morning free of knowing

a dream of where she was I take her mail

and the steps as digging a trench I assure her

nightly the mornings are unseasonably

warm I am now familiarizing myself with

the warmth tethered to this world

ashamed to say I lifted my hand up its

dress and I felt the body in my body

start the balloon what's your name I build

up the audacity to ask her