I have more love than ever.
Our kids have kids soon to have kids.
I need them. I need everyone
to come over to the house,
sleep on the floor, the couch
in the front room. I need noise,
love, the noise of love,
too many people in too small a place.
I need dancing, the spilling
of drinks, loud pronouncements
over music, verbal sparring,
broken dishes and wealth.
I need it all flying apart.
My friends to slam against me,
to hold me, to say they love me.
I need mornings to ask for favors
and forgiveness. I need to give,
have all my emotions rattled,
my family to be greedy,
to keep coming, to keep asking
and taking. I need no resolution,
just the constant turmoil of living.
Give me the bottom of the river,
all the unadorned, unfinished,
unpraised moments, one
good turn on the luxuriant wheel.
ZYZZYVA EventsOctober 11, 2015
Let's Get Uncomfortable and Talk About Race: Litquake Panel
Location: 2:30 p.m., Z Below, 470 Florida St., San Francisco
Description: A conversation about identity and literature and publishing, with Ethar El-Katatney, Judy Juanita, and Kim Wong Keltner, moderated by ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1OYYh9eOctober 17, 2015
ZYZZYVA All-Stars Fall Celebration/Litcrawl
Location: 6 p.m., Casanova, 527 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Description: As part of our 30th anniversary celebration, past and recent contributors to the journal, from here and across the state, read from their work, including Glen David Gold, Melissa Yancy, Joe Donnelly, and Erika Recordon. Hosted by editors Laura Cogan & Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1Pj9P6mOctober 19, 2015
In Conversation with John Freeman
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: Managing Editor Oscar Villalon talks to author and ZYZZYVA contributing editor John Freeman about the launch of his new literary journal, Freeman's. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1Oe2rH1
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