Question Mark Café

(Published in "The Fortunate Islands", by Susan Kelly-DeWitt. Marick Press, 2007.)

I’ve been sipping coffee in the dark café
which is my today-mind uncurtained: stark café.

The morning started crying for no apparent reason.
The dreads were circling, shark café.

How marooned I feel on this island of thought.
I’m reviving like a half-dead verb in the word café.

Name a word, any word. "Soul" could be the one you
choose. Go ahead, it’s okay, in the last remarks café.

"Who if I cried would hear me among the angelic"
"orders?" (Rilke. The same old question mark café.)

Today I’m that torn moth lipping the jack-
in-the-pulpit of history, who’ll fly away: ghost café.



Susan Kelly-DeWitt is the author of Spider Season (Cold River Press, 2016), The Fortunate Islands (Marick Press, 2008) and nine previous small press collections and online chapbooks.  Her work has appeared in many anthologies, and in print and online journals at home and abroad. She is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Northern California Book Reviewers Association. For more information, please visit her website at