Chris Nealon

Issue One

La Central 

A history of rainy days

Unwriteable but in you –

Droplets jewelling a café table on a street you don’t remember in a city you always will

You cared less back then about your possessions, and more about style

You let the city outfit you

Even now I feel it flex around me

Droplets bead on fabric, ping, dissolve –

Your own cheap clothes perfumed with what you borrowed when you crept out of bed,

It filled you once with courage and with curiosity –

Was this the scent they carried into battle? Was this the whiff of victory?

Beauty! Flexing its muscles

Unwriteable but liable to find you – even down the years –

What you learned from La Movida

What you learned from Lisa

Style – the next best thing to a breeze

No one says “you can’t un-smell that” but think of the rain

About Chris Nealon
Chris Nealon is the author of The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in The American Century (Harvard, 2011), and Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall (Duke, 2001), as well as four books of poems, The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions, 2004), Plummet (Edge Books, 2009), Heteronomy (Edge Books, 2014).