Miscommunication

—A Misreading of Robert Creeley’s “For No Clear Reason”*

I dreamt last night
the fridge was over, that

its large, white body shifted, left to right,
left to right, on its four feet across

the nighttime kitchen, the only light glaring
from its open door. Outside, the contents

spilled from its various mouths, until there were only
eggs & mustard & cheese in the door. It rolled

its empty body down a hill, accelerating
into a tree. This occurrence, that large impact,

reminded me of my third anniversary: the canoe
attempted to make its way across

a fallen log, hidden in the murky water, and—
defeated—rolled its alligator-body

upside-down. When our heads emerged, we saw
the cooler had opened its mouth, wide,

and all the water bottles and oars were
floating like lost buoys down the river. We hauled

the canoe onto a makeshift shore
and beached it, searching for a way forward,

or back. When I finally crawled
from the water, my fingers and toes were

turning blue, looking for an exit.

*

Original lines from Robert Creeley’s poem “For No Clear Reason”—

I dreamt last night
the fright was over, that

(I misread fright as fridge, which became the beginning of a whole other poem…)

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About mckenzielynntozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives and writes in South Bend, Indiana, where she works as the Departmental Secretary of English and World Language Studies at Indiana University South Bend, and remains closely affiliated with 42 Miles Press, New Issues Poetry and Prose, and Wolfson Press. She previously received her MFA in Poetry from Western Michigan University, where she worked as the Layout and Design Editor for New Issues Poetry and Prose and as an Assistant Editor of Poetry for Third Coast. Her poems have appeared in Encore Magazine, Sleet Magazine, Rogue Agent, Thank You for Swallowing, Whale Road Review, The James Franco Review, The Birds We Piled Loosely, and Analecta; and her book reviews have appeared on her website and on The Rumpus. She lives with her husband, their daughter, and three cats. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com. View all posts by mckenzielynntozan

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