Sublessee

Myself and Rumur in the linguist’s house
tend the cat. She grows long hair he combs.

He says he sometimes cries while he combs
and though I haven’t seen it, I believe it.

The locks all stick: ‘you have to feel them.’
When I’m up till three the ancient dial

of the receiver also glows, tired and pale
as a streak of plankton. The classical station

must be left on, always, lower
than a murmur. It calms Sylvie,

who sleeps all day on the single speaker,
her back to the window,

her dim eyes
shining in perpetual surprise.

Noah Warren

Noah Warren

Noah Warren is the author of The Complete Stories (2021) and The Destroyer in the Glass (2016), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Recent poems appear in The Paris Review, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He is a PhD student in English at UC Berkeley and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford.
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Author: Noah Warren

Noah Warren is the author of The Complete Stories (2021) and The Destroyer in the Glass (2016), winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets. Recent poems appear in The Paris Review, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. He is a PhD student in English at UC Berkeley and a former Stegner Fellow at Stanford.