Justin Runge

Peasant Dress 14

black is a collection
     black is gathering     an exit

waits to be finalized
     I feel asked to sit but not

to speak     her necklace
and bodice for now receive

the attention     he will not
leave until the lack of light

behind her is as heavy
as it is     I see     we are not

built of anything besides lines
like these     the door could be 

four or fewer     her left arm frail
braided grass     she is leaden

with the lesson     not looking
while also being so seen

     both he and I succeed
at being gone     a leaving

     at being what white is
     a godlike lack of gathering


Justin Runge is the author of Plainsight (New Michigan Press, 2012) and Hum Decode (Greying Ghost Press, 2014). His criticism has been featured by Black Warrior Review and Pleiades, and his poetry has been published in Best New Poets 2013, Cincinnati Review, Sycamore Review, Poetry Northwest, Salt Hill, DIAGRAM and other journals.