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No System for Grief

Read by Claudia Cortese

You were in the world and. More
slowly now I am

so fasted now so. Long
it’s been without
you, if you ever read this
you were what. I was dreaming of

this welt, to know
it before. It comes like love
I loved your

empty spaces,

saved them a little
like. The sea
it’s dying, believe me,
long ago today

I was. Fond of saying time is
just wandering away, love,

you heard me once say

I am the lost shiny thing

you were. Designed for
this decade, jumped hoops to get me

and picture it, got through
but not this I’m not through
and. I will not miss this big sadness or.

How I heard your body break into such.

Fragments toward what. Bewilder meant.

Kimberly Grey’s first book, The Opposite of Light, was awarded the 2015 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize and will be published by Persea Books in 2016. Her work has recently appeared in Tin HouseThe Kenyon Review, A Public Space, and other journals.