Poetry

Collection

The day I collected my soul, the cranberries lost their innocence, twining on my doorknob in a search for something sweet. It was nearly sunset, and the mole people scuttled underground with badges and tales of espionage, the orchards dripping with caterpillars. Dark clouds almost sang my feet to sleep when a splitting echo poured […]

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Paqtasultieg

Musigisg ewniaq, the sky is turning blue: aurorae humming electric dreaming among the clouds.   Milamu’gl jugo’tui: Bring me the different colors of a murmuration of strange birds taking to air when dawn arrives.   Paqtasultieg, We are shining bright in the three suns of a new stratosphere, watching limb reach to limb in the […]

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Future Saints

But who would pray to you, supply your canonization?   First, all is muted, a green, speckled wash, and a balding man has just heard the worst news of his life, and your name comes to him as gently as a silver blanket placed on the face of a planetless child, the cry for help […]

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Of Monsters I Loved

I spent years pulling my heart out from behind my ribs, certain that I didn’t need it, that barking mess, making all that noise— I threw it to the wolves, took their offering of teeth, thinking I could rid myself of the whole aching creature— but it kept coming back, loyal and broken, a resilient […]

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Fish Out of Water

In my dream all the women were there because it was a women’s college some of them had attended and we were seated around a wooden table. I was brought a fish, silverscaled: a salmon, I believe. I fed it a goldfish. —Now your fish is pregnant, they told me —you must carry it everywhere. […]

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