This selection, chosen by Managing Editor Krista Cox, is from Book of Levitations by Jenny Sadre-Orafai & Anne Champion, released by Trembling Pillow Press in 2020.
Spell for Destructive Behavior
The secret is this: there’s no way to find the pain
before it finds you. You can’t keep a fire
for a pet or chain it to your ankle and drag
it through your days. Worship idols
of wrecked women, but know that they can’t hear
your prayers and you can’t hear their loneliness
with the abyss breathing so heavy on your neck.
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