This selection, chosen by guest editor Samantha Duncan, is from In Our Now by Valyntina Grenier, released by Finishing Line Press in 2022.
For the Least Dead Brains
These synthesize molecules These design brains Animals sometimes attract a flower So a hummingbird slips her tender tongue from her hovering needle-like bill But often animals repel even destroy outright flowers/ poisons lick frogs’ viscous skin Here—one species of hairy prick because a powerful-death-dealing selective- predator eyes the great evolution of pesticides Designed to kill is rendered better to repel/ confound/ cancerous facts to expand the astounding earning potential
Valyntina Grenier is a multi-genre eco artist living with her wife in Tucson, AZ. She works with paint, ink, Neon, encaustic medium, recycled or repurposed materials and words. She is the author of three poetry chapbooks, the tête-bêche, Fever Dream/ Take Heart (Cathexis Northwest Press 2020) and In Our Now (Finishing Line Press 2022). You’ll find her work in Beyond Queer Words, Genre: Urban Arts, Impermanent Earth, The Journal, Lana Turner, The Night Heron Barks, Querencia, Ran Off with the Star Bassoon, and Sunspot.
Samantha Duncan is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including Playing One on TV (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2018) and The Birth Creatures (Agape Editions, 2016), and her work has appeared in BOAAT, SWWIM, Meridian, and The Pinch. She lives in Houston.