Mobile Photography / Art – Saturday Poetry by Nomi Stone with Mobile Photographer, Robin Robertis


This weeks Saturday Poetry, matched with mobile photography/art is entitled ‘Waiting for Happiness’ by Nomi Stone. Stone’s second collection of poems, Kill Class, is forthcoming from Tupelo Press in 2019. She is also the author of Stranger’s Notebook (TriQuarterly Books, 2008). Stone is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Vermont Studio Center and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She teaches anthropology at Princeton University and lives in Philadelphia.


I have matched @robinrobertis – Robin Robertis’ image with this poem. You can view and follow her on Instagram here.

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‘Waiting for Happiness’ ©Nomi Stone


Dog knows when friend will come home

because each hour friend’s smell pales,

air paring down the good smell

with its little diamond. It means I miss you

O I miss you, how hard it is to wait

for my happiness, and how good when

it arrives. Here we are in our bodies,

ripe as avocados, softer, brightening

with latencies like a hot, blue core

of electricity: our ankles knotted to our

calves by a thread, womb sparking

with watermelon seeds we swallowed

as children, the heart again badly hurt, trying

and failing. But it is almost five says

the dog. It is almost five.

©Robin Robertis

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