Valuable – Nathan Wade Carter

all the dark singing
in a house empty of bodies
I know every noisy board
& corner of furniture
I made this place

I never know how long a thing lasts
or much of what to say unless it doesn’t matter
in which case I am at my most eloquent

I stoke a fire forgiving

I am not my worst moments

I sleep

counterbalance the flat earth
or it will flip over
the president’s face will be replaced by a building
and not a true valuable
at all




Nathan Wade Carter is a queer, grey-a poet, musician, and artist living in Portland, Oregon. He is author of the chapbook ROYGBIV (Ursus Americanus Press 2017). His poetry can be found in Hobart, Fugue, Gramma Poetry, Poor Claudia, The Fem, and others. He is editor and founder of SUSAN / The Journal. He writes and performs songs under the name Purrbot. He is recording a new album called DNR. Find him online at


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