branches. roots.

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the wind just lifted the branches outside my sliver of window. my heart is broken. the most brilliant beautiful woman i have ever known just died. 

branches. roots.

She-of-constant
bloom-filled kitchen
enfolds, says

you’re lucky

when I tell her I am
studying what she is

living. Bulbs

crinkle at the ends. She
flips from bluebright

surprise. Feathers near
translucent in her delicate
lap rest, inactive.

Her chin yields a fine
crop of protective hairs

I want to reach out

to trace along this
furry slope I have

memorized since
opening my first

book. Reaching pulp.
Scrabble board. Soft
boiled egg. Two

porcelain pigs
on this kitchen
shelf above her boughs.

These wounds used to
thrive, discover, fingerpaint.

I crumble to stars as she pats
my knee. Stops.
Stares at the wall

behind me. Art
has flown; her instructive
smile is replaced by

a lack. Her spark

no longer aflame; the chill
has come and she has fallen
from her branch.

 

Past & Present Supplications

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The Art of Self-Proclaimed Solitude, Branches. Roots.

The Ekphrastic Review, The Ransom

Neon MariposaComplete / Static; Doctor Says

Taco Bell Quarterly, Sappho at the Drive-Thru; o Taco!

Cauldron Anthology, Ceres Invokes Famine

Feminine Collective, Brísingamen

Nine Muses, The End of the World as the End of Tranquility

Nightingale and Sparrow, Portents

Corvid Queen, Halcyon

Black Bough, Self

Riddled with Arrows, Relic

Mojave Heart Review, Star String, Wind

Ghost City Review,  Watching Your Love Bloom

Iron Horse Literary Review, Two Hymns

Burning House Press, We Make Our Instruments; No Chicken

Door-Is-A-Jar, Bread and Love

Peculiars Magazine, I Know I Have to Take These Pills; Nesting : Boiling

Feminine Collective, Sounding

Rhythm & Bones Lit: Dark Matter, Sun Feast

Isacoustic, Misophonia

Eunoia Review, Stretch; She; Walnut; The Love Letter

Moonchild Magazine, Corn

Quiet Storm, Mass

Written Here: The Community of Writers Poetry Review, Post Radio

Panoply, Pregnancy Pantoum

Whatever Keeps the Lights On Magazine, The Distance to Apple, Plastic Containment of Brown-Sugar Oatmeal, Green Tea

The Daily Californian, Death Before Birth

DVC Inquirer, Treat

Solidarity Blog, I Know I Have to Take These Pills; Nesting: Boiling

 

Black Bough

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Pleased with the gorgeous micro-poem broadsides in the first volume of Black Bough. I feel honored to have my little poem live alongside the phenomenal work that appears

Here!