from Rattle’s Poets Respond
In Lipstick Party Magazine
In Rattle, Poets Respond:
Poet Bill Mohr’s Excellent Blog:
“Devon Balwit’s Risk Being / Complicated is a book of poems inspired by the collage art of Lorette C. Luzajic. The slash that is found floating in the title prepares the reader for the gratifying journey through a book that is both and/or.”
Lorette C. Luzajic’s website: http://www.mixedupmedia.ca
“Ms. Bonner” https://mothersalwayswrite.com/ms-bonner/
“My Daughters Will Never Know” https://mothersalwayswrite.com/my-daughters-will-never-know/
“A Silver Reindeer in Southern California” https://mothersalwayswrite.com/a-silver-reindeer-in-southern-california/
— F(r)iction (@FrictionSeries) November 4, 2017
Hear the editors of F(r)iction discuss Issue 8, including “Mummies…”
Mummies of the World Exhibit with My Young Children
Girls slink into dimming,
enthralled by the play of light and cold
of each case, glass quiet and straight.
How long is 1,000 years—
Sheath of material frayed and fringing
on the edges, speaking in threads,
knees tucked, tether of bone and linen,
our noninvasive looking.
For the forgetting
there are signs: “These were humans.”
What is a named thing here?
What wrap makes arm into wing?
What happens to the brain? They ask
if they can be made into mummies,
suggesting that if I were one
I would be giving two thumbs up.
Do you close your eyes
when you die? wonders the youngest
who says she hopes her own will
stay wide open—
scrunches her forehead, amplifies
At home I need to run,
pushing into pavement, flesh
vibrating on concrete and lung heave,
my brain still shivering in its skull.
I imagine my calf muscles pulling away,
undone from their sinews like rolls
of deli meat meant for slicing, like fabric
unraveled for the cut.
Later, I pull covers tight around their chins,
these girls so light with life, even when eyes
are shut quiet, preserved, if for a moment,
wrapped warm in the stillness of sheets.