Tom Bennett CC
The need to touch oneself, like a stone
sinks to the bottom of a pond.
The haze of a soul’s diminishing porch
brought about by bats, by cellulose
between burning fingertips,
& unread journals in the arches
of a dilapidated church—
yew boughs reaching in.
And the whole planet sparkling
with hills. Gooseflesh ascends
the emporer, moss over trees, widow’s veils
hung like smudges in the windows.
Not a single family home. For miles,
music smelled its way through the desert
until the first apostle sprouted ears.
Alec Hershman is the queer author of Permanent and Wonderful Storage (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019), winner of the Robin Becker Chapbook Prize and The Egg Goes Under (Seven Kitchens Press, 2017). He has received awards from the KHN Center for the Arts, The Jentel Foundation, Playa, The Virginia Creative Center for the Arts, and The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art, and Natural Design. He lives in Michigan where he teaches writing and literature to college students. You can learn more at alechershmanpoetry.com.
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