This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from We Know Each Other By Our Wounds by June Marr, released by Animal Heart Press in 2020.
when human creatures hug a bottom line so hard the whole page breaks: when paper immolates when skylines unravel: when fine ash scatters, boneladen across neighborhoods (rock paper skin) when ocean boils in city streets, and gray whales rot on Venice Beach, where Jonah skates: when Noah’s docked in bluegrass state when wine burns: when fried chicken still has feathers, and smoke’s egg-yellow, and red engulfs— when coral dies while fire ants colonize drowned avenues: when trees sing blues, mistaking hurricane for sugar when fish ingest our plastic trash that smells like food as women in uncultured pearls eat vacuum-sealed salmon when smoke plumes haze until the feathered evidence of (golden) states is seen from space: when orbit is the safest place when lemon groves grow sinkholes: when roses blast holes in heaving chests and silence pulsates when, peace by shattered peace, an oiled and oven-ready dove plucks bullets from their bloodied breast— when day is drowned: when night’s ablaze: when Gaia too writhes naked, staked, and wishbone split that’s all there is: we broke the planet: there’s no warranty: that’s it.
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