Leslie Adrienne Miller
Bone

Leslie Adrienne Miller - Bone

Poetry
Leslie Adrienne Miller’s sixth collection of poems is Y from Graywolf Press. Her previous collections include The Resurrection Trade and… Read more »
Terrance Wedin
I Am Thinking About Power Lines

Terrance Wedin - I Am Thinking About Power Lines

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Terrance Wedin is a professional bartender and an adjunct instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design. His writing has… Read more »
Threa Almontaser
Sympathy for Foreign Mothers

Threa Almontaser - Sympathy for Foreign Mothers

Poetry
Threa Almontaser is a Yemeni-American writer born and raised in New York City. She is a MFA candidate in poetry… Read more »
P. Ivan Young
What Darkness Says

P. Ivan Young - What Darkness Says

Poetry
P. Ivan Young is author of Smell of Salt, Ghost of Rain (Brick House Books, 2015) and the chapbook, A… Read more »

Bone

Leslie Adrienne Miller

They were too high up anyway,
and too stupid to notice the sky
banking to the north, its hooded
bloom about to plunge all over
the other side of the peak. One of them
carried a bone, clean and bronzed
from weather’s rough tongue. The other
all blue, trailed her with a small gift
on his back, and it wasn’t hard to see
what he hoped might fall to him
in a meadow somewhere ahead,
poppies waving their frill at the sky,
stones going soft at the thought.
I’d have done the same were my
intended whole, but as it was,
the others were so long gone
you’d have to say we escaped
even memory. Taken for badgers
martens, harmless marmots, the gleam
of our eyeteeth is all anyone recalls
of an angry mammal. I came at them
from above, meaning to take
either of them in the wedge of snow
still hugging my rock. That bone
wasn’t mine, of course, but I’d carved
a soft welt in earth for it once,
nuzzled its knob snug in thick hide
meant to carry my kind. Now creaking wings
of what they call gondolas drop noisy shadows,
and the pilings they drove… Read more »