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 EventsJanuary 24, 2017
In Conversation with Shanthi Sekaran
Location: 7 p.m., City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco
Description: Sekaran, the author of "The Prayer Room," discusses her new novel, "Lucky Boy" (Putnam) with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/2iRDgE4January 26, 2017
ZYZZYVA Winter Issue Celebration, East Bay
Location: 7 p.m., Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave., Oakland
Description: Come celebrate ZYZZYVA's Winter issue with a reading featuring contributors Kathleen Alcott, Ella Martinsen Gorham, Matthew Zapruder, and Scott O'Connor. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/2ghs4gtFebruary 15, 2017
In Conversation with Min Jin Lee
Location: 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco
Description: Lee, the author of "Free Food for Millionaires," discusses her new novel, "Pachinko" (Grand Central Publishing), with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Free. For more info: http://bit.ly/2ilCU4PFebruary 22, 2017
In Conversation with John Darnielle
Location: 7 p.m., The Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., San Francisco
Description: Darnielle, the author of "Wolf in White Van," discusses his new novel, "Universal Harvester" (FSG), with Managing Editor Oscar Villalon. Ticket required. More info here: http://bit.ly/2jtVhIE
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