29 January 20219 April 2021 Main Posts / Friday Poetry Poetry | Canals Anders Villani and the salons remain open and your mother receives her prescription through an open car window and back doors open onto yards and low bone sky and casuals watch months open full-timers open redundancies portfolios find openings in steel and your mother lays her head in a basin of warm water in disbelief the flow doesn’t open across her face and open praise for the next face and salt opens eggplant hydrants and back doors open onto yards with corellas low bone figs and your father fills prescriptions teaches parents to open tablets to powder apple juice and your father’s mother tongue sings open balcony doors floods canals and the hair of the dead keeps growing the nails and the salons of the living keep open the living Anders Villani Anders Villani holds an MFA from the University of Michigan's Helen Zell Writers' Program, where he received the Delbanco Prize for poetry. His first book, Aril Wire, was released in 2018 by Five Islands Press. He lives in Melbourne. www.andersvillani.com More by Anders Villani Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 11 November 202211 November 2022 Main Posts On the last day of Subscriberthon, our amazing online editor gives you one last (very good) reason to subscribe Editorial team What's in store for the last day of Subscriberthon? First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202210 November 2022 Main Posts On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, our favourite editor-duo give you reason #1002 to subscribe to Overland Editorial team What's in store for the second-last day of Subscriberthon?