This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Wilderness//Kingdom by Jory Michelson, released by Floating Bridge Press in 2019.
The restless build of song:
my own too-young-
self broke out in pacing
while parents monitored
my every switched direction.
I grew brusqueful, breathless threw
myself down on couches and beds
trying to break apart the monotony
of my body—got back up to pace,
to swim in the slow circle
of adolescence. In some car
in a city out of reach, there—
someone was up to everything.