The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: J. Gay’s “Decomposition”



But always at the edges, the pulse of persistent spacetime.

It is the constant effortless nature of white noise. The throb a
wave. The beach of my heart. A shell to the ear magnifies the
sound of blood pumping. Each vein houses a beach with a
just less than infinite night sky and the release of panic.
Crashing of blood against the shore. A body filled with
white noise. Crashing of blood against the shore. Crashing of
a body filled to a decimal place short of infinite. Releasing
panic is the constant effortless nature that lulls one to sleep.
Hush and swish and swing–

The invisible slit spreads its legs. Fill it with sand. Kill it. Keep it.

This selection is from J. Gay’s book Decomposition, available from dancing girl press! Purchase your copy here!

J. Gay was born and raised in Louisiana. She received her Bachelor’s from the College of Santa Fe and her Master’s from Stonecoast. She lives in New Mexico with her husband and son. Decomposition is her first chapbook. Her website is

Darren C. Demaree is the author of three poetry collections, As We Refer to Our Bodies (2013, 8th House), Temporary Champions (2014, Main Street Rag), and Not For Art For Prayer (2015, 8th House). He is the recipient of three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Best of the Net nomination. He is also a founding editor of Ovenbird Poetry and AltOhio. He is currently living in Columbus, Ohio with his wife and children.


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