Harp & Altar
Jason Michael Bacasa
from There Was Electricity

Lynn Crawford

Elise Harris

Norman Lock
from Pieces for Small Orchestra

Eugene Marten

Miranda Mellis

"Discard the skin"
Mathias Svalina

Discard the skin

your parents

left dangling

from your throat,


their Buick,

the smell

of a watch spring.


The farmer

founds a hospital

of blades


& all the patients

bury themselves

in mulch.


The priest

stands over the crowd

of unblessed waters,


the light

the stained glass windows

refracts into whispers.


Learn a trade

in suffering.


Speak the tongue

of the snake’s tongue.


Be strong

& choose your strength

in the parasite.