Ann Stephenson ~ Wirework

Taut, thoughtful ruminations on the smell of friends and evaporating streets.

—Byron Coley and Thurston Moore

Arthur Magazine, 2007


Night is what you are fit for.

They want your personal history,

the cast of characters.

They want your manifesto.

Give an electron to a molecule,

one that drops anchor

in the stream of your mouth.

Space speaks

but has lately been vacated.

You should have read the notices

as a spirit-wounded child.

My work is done.

Let’s kiss and be agreeable.

Ann Stephenson 
DIA: Readings in Contemporary Poetry


Win, lose or draw, this is some sloppy dream world

With no flowerbeds to play in, no attic to vacuum

What won’t we do for entertainment

I skate to work on my laurels

Trees print out my shadow

My work requires an aerial view of the region

The ceiling in stars

I calculate the rate of their fall

Sabu implicates me, he is deep

My mind must be preserved

Certain others stop spinning

Teens especially have difficulty focusing on one spot

WIREWORK  — Ann Stephenson
Printed in an edition of 300 copies, 2006.



Ann Stephenson’s publications include Wirework (2006), Adventure Club (2013), and The Poles (2017). Some of her poems have appeared in Across the Margin, Brooklyn Rail, Delineator, Ladowich, The Recluse, and Sal Mimeo, as well as the anthology Like Musical Instruments: 83 Contemporary American Poets (2014). She is the founder and editor of Tent Editions. She received her MFA from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York in 2007, and curated the Ready Set Readings series at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta in 2009–10. Stephenson is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship in Poetry (2017). She was born and raised in Georgia and lives between New York City’s East Village and Fire Island.