I have a facility correctional:
voice sentenced to be passive;
imperative I be interrogative?!
Were I to be infinitively subjunctive
you would be conditional,
call out my irregular,
semi-archaic, italicized mood
punctuated with period.
abandons subject-verb agreement
runs on committing disorderly speech
acts, inverted, do sense that make you know I mean
what sorry I’m not a double negative.
Julie Benesh is author of the chapbook ABOUT TIME from Cathexis Northwest Press and has published work in Tin House, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Another Chicago Magazine, JMWW, Maudlin House, New World Writing, Cleaver, Sky Island Journal, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College's MFA Program and recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Read more at juliebenesh.com.