Issue 16.4 – Poetry

Issue 16 - Poetry (10)

First, turn on the lights.

Ghosts drift toward shadows.

Use the sin of omission as if

it was a life raft, and you can’t

swim. I can swim, of course.

As a child I swam in tanks,

throwing rocks before getting

into the water to scatter the snakes

while my mother doled out advice

like, If you fall out of a boat, float.

You can float forever. I never learned

how to float, always defaulting to treading

water. You can do that for a long time.


Michelle Brooks Old Miami Detroit MichiganMichelle Brooks has published a collection of poetry, Make Yourself Small, (Backwaters Press), and a novella, Dead Girl, Live Boy, (Storylandia Press). She just completed a book of essays titled Second Day Reported.  She has published writing and photography in Alaska Quarterly Review, Threepenny Review, Hotel Amerika, Iowa Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry collection, Flamethrower, will be published by Latte Press in 2019. Originally from Mineral Wells, Texas, she has spent much of her adult life in Detroit.

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