Rachelle Toarmino / Claudia de Salvo

Issue Two, Poetry

Claudia de Salvo; Egg and Milkleaving in five
By Rachelle Toarmino
With artwork by Claudia de Salvo

how you sound when you’re listing the reasons for breaking up with me
is like you’re telling me about the specials at the restaurant
and I start dreaming in the middle of each sentence and instead of listening
I rearrange what’s on the table in front of us so that it makes the most sense:
                                pens near our right hands, napkins equidistant but to the side like
                                interruptive fair game, salt shaker near you, sugar near me,
                                stack what’s stackable, smooth out our hats

you say something about taking this seriously and when you leave I don’t know it yet
but you will have broken all my future moments in half
sliding underneath even the exciting parts of my day like an intention or a daydream
and like this I’ll have to learn how to best be plural
and hair will collect in the shower drain and coffee spoons will load up the kitchen sink
we’ll gently acknowledge each other like planes taxiing together among terminals
or maybe we’ll throw a couple of conversations against the wall to see if anything sticks
but before we go home with someone else we’ll interact in a currency
that doesn’t have to ask because there’s nothing left to say

                                                                                                                      but anyway time will pass
and hair will collect in the shower drain and coffee spoons will load up the kitchen sink
                                                                                              and maybe when we see each other next
we’ll gently acknowledge each other like planes taxiing together among terminals
or maybe we’ll throw a couple of conversations against the wall to see if anything sticks
but before we go home with someone else we’ll interact in a currency
that doesn’t have to ask because there’s nothing left to say


Rachelle Toarmino (b.1990) is from Buffalo, NY. She has been previously featured by Metatron and PressBoardPress, and you can find her on twitter @rchlltrmn. She lives in Spain.

Claudia is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and recent graduate of the Queensland College of Art. Her work explores notions of identity, belonging and place. You can find her on Instagram @claudia_desalvo_art