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 EventsMarch 8, 2015
Dale Herd and Bill Berkson
Location: 2 p.m., Bird & Beckett Books & Records, 653 Chenery St., San Francisco
Description: Herd and Berkson (former ZYZZYVA contributors) read from their new books: "Empty Pockets: New and Selected Stories" (Coffee House Press) and the poetry collection "Expect Delays" (Coffee House Press), respectively. Free. For more info, visit http://bit.ly/1DbQ9HJMarch 19, 2015
Paul Beatty in Conversation with Oscar Villalon
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Books, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: The acclaimed author of "The White Boy Shuffle" and "Big Bank Take Little Bank" discusses his new novel, the satire "The Sellout," with ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1FXeCHOMarch 26, 2015
ZYZZYVA Presents Quan Barry
Location: 7:30 p.m., Green Apple Books on the Park, 1231 9th Ave., San Francisco
Description: ZYZZYVA Managing Editor Oscar Villalon in conversation with Barry about her first novel, "She Weeps Each Time You're Born," described by Library Journal as "fierce, stunning, and devastating." Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/1IL6nKY
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