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Sarah Escue

 


 

Afterbirth


 

maiden mare    rib-thin falls

 

 

asleep standing in the river

 

her ligaments soften & unspool

 

 

she pulls pebbles from their muddy beds

 

 

breaks them          with her teeth

 

 

like water          she remembers

 

 

everything          holds on to nothing

 

 

pearly membranes rupture

 

 

aflood with pink-bellied fish          the river tantrums

 

 

hemorrhages on rock-hips

 

 

mare bites the blood-cord          swallows it as a prayer rots between her teeth

 

 

the body always intervenes

 

 

hungry

 

emerging through pines

 

 

in the hot stink of night—

 

 

an archive of longing

 

 

 

from Utterances

thaw {v. THô}

 

 

speech dissolves

 

 

within a lost after-

 

 

noon

 

 

turnip roots untwist    twist untwist

 

rush of blue cold

 

 

rush of [

 

 

]

 

 

constellation drawn by the hush

of skin on skin

 

 

—dark chorus

 

wintered by ruin

 

 

wolf {n. woo lf}

 

your hunger is specific

 

 

tongue to teeth to lips

 

 

in snow    bloody paw prints.

 

 

a boy yells timber

 

 

a boy yells

 

 

timber a boy yells

 

 

timber 

 

Sarah Alcaide-Escue is a poet, editor, artist and literary translator. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. Her work appears in DIAGRAM, Permafrost, Lullwater Review, Atticus Review, Dialogist, Wildness and other publications. She is a poetry editor at Cigar City Poetry Journal and The Adirondack Review. You can visit her website at sarahescue.com. She's also on Instagram and Twitter.