certainty, less of a place and more of a logic

so i reason with myself

let go of the world’s waist / and name my hair, sky
if eyes are the memory of clouds
then the want to know is a storm hovering
the blur of choice out there twisting on the wind

nicole v basta grew up near Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, had her second upbringing in Ithaca, NY, and is currently a Brooklyn-based poet. She received her MFA from The New School and is the co-founder of the art collective + monthly performance night Say Yes Electric Collective. Her chapbook V was chosen by Rigoberto González as the winner of The New School's annual contest and was published in October 2017. nicole's work appears or is forthcoming in Painted Bride Quarterly, Compose, Forth, By & By Poetry, Public Pool, Juked, and others. She was an artist in residence at the whimsical Art Farm in Nebraska in 2016. nicole is a poetry reader for Anomaly, a maker of collages, and a dreamer of the countryside. She often wakes up with her hiking boots tied.