Monday, March 15, 2021

new from above/ground press: zero dawn, by Shelly Harder

zero dawn
Shelly Harder

once there was a kingdom in the clouds


I cannot go there now


my mother held me to her chest


and the stagger


of her breath


was the motion


that clawed open


the duration of things


sometimes I watch the stars and they belly dance


the moon slinks 


things happen


tinctures of gentle chaos




bodies melt


severe dusk 

published in Ottawa by above/ground press
March 2021
a/g subscribers receive a complimentary copy

Shelly Harder
is the author of intimology (Frog Hollow Press) and remnants (Baseline Press).

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