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April 27, 2018 / barton smock

persons Susannah Nevison & Molly McCully Brown, poem

be. struck. by. this. …at {isacoustic*}

ISACOUSTIC*

Susannah Nevison is the author of Lethal Theater (forthcoming from Ohio State University Press in 2019), and Teratology (Persea Books, 2015).

Molly McCully Brown is the author of The Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded (Persea Books, 2017). Beginning fall 2018, she will be an Amy Lowell Fellow.

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Post-Op Letters in the Field Between Us

Dear M—
There’s a whole wild species of things
I don’t know how to name, so instead
I say pain is an engine that stalls
the harder I push it or it’s the stone
in my mouth I can’t quite seem
to spit out. I’m not waiting
for someone else to tell me
what I’m missing. I know numbness
is a quiet fire, a night in, a call again
tomorrow. M, I know sometimes
I go missing, dark, a lightless stretch
of road, so I spit the road out
as I go…

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