by Megan Burns outside the lining of possible outcomes tether dreaming, the way grass dances under the surface of water, and the film a poem, you attach paper shreds to the end of the vent in your spaceship room, inside the vacuum what you desire is the rustle of leaves a leaving of natural behind, it tried to silent inside me so many songs of longing to bring you back, when is lift off, we ask and translate it to me it’s already occurred it’s already happening we’ve already left this place behind the way you get to throw off the cloak of being human in the end, a finale so big it takes all of your breath away
Megan Burns is the publisher at Trembling Pillow Press (tremblingpillowpress.com). She is the co-director of the New Orleans Poetry Festival (nolapoetry.com) and has been hosting the Blood Jet Poetry Reading Series in New Orleans for the last six years. She has been most recently published in Jacket Magazine, Callaloo, New Laurel Review, Dream Pop, and Diagram. Her poetry and prose reviews have been published in Tarpaulin Sky, Gently Read Lit, Big Bridge, and Rain Taxi. She has three books Memorial + Sight Lines (2008), Sound and Basin (2013) and Commitment (2015) published by Lavender Ink. Her recent chapbooks include: her Twin Peaks chap, Sleepwalk With Me (Horse Less Press, 2016), Beneath the Drift (Red Mare, 2019) and FUCK LOVE: I’m sorry someone hurt you (Shirt Pocket Press, 2019). Her fourth collection, BASIC PROGRAMMING, was published by Lavender Ink in 2018. Her forthcoming collection is called PLURALITY.