This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Alaina Hanchey, is from Wolf Hat Iron Shoes by Martha McCollough, released by Lily Poetry Review in 2022.
a little star becomes a starry wheel rolling in huge silence toward us announced by meteoric children flashing to nobody’s rescue the catastrophe will be continuous too big to be felt thinking I don’t want to the bride approaches glittering speechless later she’ll wonder must every wedding be a bloodbath spidersilk plus cosmic debris equals cobweb veil of andromeda spiraling from interplanetary cloud down to her rock brightly particulate in slanted light dust in the clouded eye of told you so eye that sees mother trail bright waves across her wrist no one more beautiful all mothers say these things but mother not where the gods can hear that’s how you end up wheeling upside down through heaven nailed to your glittery throne clink of chains andromeda’s monster rises where the sea roars & whitens time for the sacred wedding or feast perhaps the god thinks it will be a treat for him but what can he do, Cetus with this breathing thing finless earthy no part of his usual diet someone should ask if he might rather sink silent as the bride into the starless deep . . . already andromeda shone like a dropped earring over the departures of certain huge animals slow-moving dusty as old rugs leaving a bitter remnant wild cousins missing their phantom familiars osage orange honeylocust coffeetree all this puzzling unsweetness is fidelity to the austere preference of vanished monsters apple will you stay sweet without your bees your bears gorging on windfall in abandoned orchards what is a word for animals that wish . . . she wishes for a winged bridegroom spiraling down meteoric flash of his shield eyes closed waving the fatal head he’ll say don’t look and she won’t
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