LEARNED NOT TRAINED
At some point I wonder
if you sleep so well because of all
the wine I drink.
A security guard somewhere told me I could
oil and press your head
I know that hope-cum-fidget,
worrying my square front teeth
back into their arched template.
I will be vigilant about the changing of the shoe size
so you can grow those toes aligned!
Olympians repeat and determine
a compacted loop.
Muscles and their limits
from now on will keep you tethered
You leaf through your books, pre-reader that you are,
like a sentient storm.
What virtues are my fault
and which aren’t?
Abigail Walthausen’s poetry chapbooks include The Internet (Fractious Press, 2010) and In Memory of Category (dancing girl, 2013). She lives in Los Angeles where she also writes about education and breakfast for the websites of The Atlantic and Extra Crispy, respectively.
Born in Rome in 1989, Leonardo Magrelli holds a BA in Design and Architecture from Sapienza University of Rome. In 2010, he started collaborating with International Rome’s Photography Festival and with the photography publishing house Punctum Press. In 2014, he began working on his own. In recent years, his work has been featured in several print and online photography magazines, and has been displayed in collective exhibitions and festivals.