Edited by Barry Kitterman | Andrea Spofford | Amy Wright
(unidentified woman discovered October 7, 1998 in Weatherford, Texas)
The migration of birds
is elemental. Pieces of magnetite
lodged against vessels.
And, as rain hauls
across the sky, the red tower lights
draw them until it is bone
Before my skin
was stitched closed, my body
had wings. Now, there is nothing
magnetic to pull
my fingers across
the humid ground.
Loose strands of thread collapsed
My lips and lungs
no longer believe in dawn or feast.
and I navigate my body
across grass, the prick
through fold of arm,
and as birds fall in death, I find fire,
their feathers a pulse
against cracked skin.