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I would colony in clear plastic there with her, appetite the inhuman
fight, keep salt away from those snails crossing my pillowcases.
There’s a case for short term violence, power & desire away from
commerce capital in an empty building that wakes with live things
at night in another country you care for. There’s a narrative of you
in an unfinished state of address. Take it, take it somewhere new.
Know this brink of living starts. Shit & marshmallows so belong in
the same imagination place, just as adults & children deploy a rung-
unfinished view from above. We are bound for palimpsest, successive
drowning of our emotions based on the day’s map-making over every
memory ocean. Checklist for evacuation plan. Deep time moves here:
mineral, vegetable from the ground, animal from air… a volcano’s ash-
cloud is your mind hovering planet earth. The rage was there before
you. It will remain after like happy will leave its oil-slick on the water.
Elena Karina Byrne is the author of three books of poetry, most recently Squander (Omnidawn 2016). She will release her fourth book Phantom Limbs from Omnidawn in 2021, and a separate chapbook entitled No, Don’t from What Books Press in 2020. Elena is a freelance editor, Poetry Consultant & Moderator for The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, and Literary Programs Director for The Ruskin Art Club. In 2018 she completed her three years as one of the final judges for the Kate & Kingsley Tufts Awards in Poetry. Her publications include the Pushcart Prize XXXIII, Best American Poetry, Poetry, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Poetry International, BOMB, Denver Quarterly, and is forthcoming in VOLT, Blackbird, and The Kyoto Journal, among others. She has just completed a book of “interrupted” essays: Voyeur Hour: Meditations on Poetry, Art & Desire.