cut through clipped wing, i am part eternity inside me, i see the way corners of the universe are carvings we choose like star lights be damned, my mouth unhinged slithering beneath the scale back design to the twinned tooth where we suckle
i think bodies are one way to kick a habit, like inside me we trembled come apart till a blur, try not to dream too long about places like this
gorgeous laugh inside the hotbox once i emptied closets of my dead brother’s clothes & to unspool memory from scent, we be brief: time, a disruptive metaphor i will erase the past by going over and over it
look, we came into this world to lay in the wild abandon of not look too closely at the threading & the whole picture dissolves a believing heart is your magic
handle this: it would be six years before i considered if the gun was in his mouth or under his chin as if i knew or could know. and do you think it will matter if there is no return where the sound echoes differently.
Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com). She is the co-director of the New Orleans Poetry Festival (nolapoetry.com) and has been hosting the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans for the last six years. She has three books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. Her recent chapbooks include: her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me (Horse Less Press, 2016), Beneath the Drift (Red Mare, 2019) and FUCK LOVE: I’m sorry someone hurt you (Shirt Pocket Press, 2019). Her fourth collection, BASIC PROGRAMMING, was published by Lavender Ink in 2018. Her forthcoming collection is called PLURALITY.