Bio Note: I believe that in order to improve your writing of poetry, that you need to read poetry — all kinds. For example, I have discovered Alicia Mountain, Kevin Prufer, Erika Meitner, and Agnes Vojta, to name a few. Each day I pick up a book of poetry and read out loud a few. That primes my writing pump for the day. My poems have appeared in Feral, Os Pressan, and Red Fez, to name a few.
It’s What We Can’t See That Does Us In
1. I may be dying from the outside in, like how an onion rots in the compost pile, like the manner in which the moon peels back its layers day by day, appearing each night like a shrinking lesion, healing itself into nothingness. We’ve all seen it, we’ve all looked up one night in the middle of our fright and asked, where is it? Mama, where did the moon go? Will it ever come back? 2. I may be dying from the inside out, like the way a microwave cooks a potato, like the way a silhouette fashions itself with nothing more than a dim source of light and magnifies itself into a fire. I grab what I can on the way out of the house. 3. The powder snow is a myth, its delicate outreach unable to smother anyone’s existence. It can kill you from the outside in, from the inside out. It can get into your lungs, in your head, your heart and make silhouettes bounce off of the retina into the lungs, the liver, onto the barn door, deep down into your boots where bacteria thrive and slip into cuts that you cant’ see.
©2021 John Dorroh
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