Erika Luckert


We lay the foundations on sand
for easy leveling, rely

on the countless glassy grains
to take the weight and pass it

through the ground.
When we build the floor,

it’s a cobble of balance beams,
and I wobble across

as we fix each two-by-four
to its mate. The walls

are not yet walls, instead
they are gridwork plans, some

sawdust-scented thought
of what could be.

Just think of when the gaps
are filled, the drywall

raised. We will know
what this architecture is

when we lift the windows
into place. We may not

even need a roof at all.


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Erika Luckert


Erika Luckert is a poet, writer, and educator. Her work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, CALYX, Room Magazine, Tampa Review, F(r)iction, Atticus Review, Boston Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Columbia University’s MFA in Poetry, Erika has taught creative and critical writing at public schools and colleges across New York City. In 2017, she was awarded the 92Y Discovery Poetry Prize. Originally from Edmonton, Canada, Erika is currently a PhD student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.