Facts about Snakes & Hearts, a 2015 poetry chapbook by Flower Conroy

Universe in Reverse

August & the uplit queen
palms radiate dark blue

salt crusted hair
you knot into a nest

descendants of diatoms
of Chordata—pentagrams

in our blood
a sunken kingdom

constellation eyes—the star-
fish is living kin

depressions—or are they
impressions in the sand

hollows from when
I lay atop you

the bronze hour loomed
between ape & angel

when you undo
your locks

godheads of smoke un-
furl from your lips

when you lean over the railing
in your thin T-shirt

& little else
all time drops to its knees


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