SEAFARING SPLIT, 2016 poetry chapbooks by Jessica Q. Stark and Kiley McLaughlin


And Praise and Praise

yes, criminals             yes, invaders

whether or not in two by twos
in brass bowls for
or the offered water

to say      I felt like cattle
to say      A mess of pottage

there is wonder, a lightshow
of deliverance onscreen
manifesting in the cavity

whisk or not          wake or not
the blood remains in disrepair
from nothing to nothing and too much of it.

this is the problem of tunneling to:
the years of collapse
icy lip or smear on every door
and muffled plea for_________,

the glimmer, the prick and pulse                      yes worship

 

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