30 Days Hath September 2016 | Day 15 | This Hanging, That Portrait by Melissa Tuckey

September 15, 2016

BEI 30 Days Proposed Graphic

This Hanging, That Portrait

 

His heart

flat as Nebraska in winter

 

Her calves

sexy as Alpine climbs at unbearable height

 

They never smile in photos

 

Think drifts of snow

 

Dust so thick it stops your breath

Patriotic music swells, an empire of wheat

churns beneath the blade

 

Trauma replicates by DNA

 

America, the beautiful

 

We’ll never know the source of our grief

 

 

Melissa Tuckey is author of Tenuous Chapel, selected by Charles Simic for ABZ Press

First Book Award, 2013. She’s a co-founder of Split This Rock and a fellow at Black

Earth Institute. Recent poems have appeared in Clade Song, Kenyon Review, and

Missouri Review. She lives in Ithaca, New York and is currently working as an editor on

Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology forthcoming with University of Georgia

Press in Fall of 2017.

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