In the damp of rain, I swept leaves rusted with dying.
There wasn’t peace, there should have been peace—
still in the crevices another too-small child
scurrying across brick & bog. Where do children
rest? I could never answer, never satisfy, I clamped
each child for too long & when one by one they sustained
themselves, how I was held & how I was broken
& in breaking unchained
Alicia Elkort edited and contributed to the chapbook Creekside, published by Berkeley Poetry Review, where she also served as an editor. Her poetry was featured in the Ishaan Literary Review and has been published in, among other journals, Elsewhere Lit, Menacing Hedge, AGNI, Stirring, and Rogue Agent. She works as an accountant for film and television and is currently producing a documentary on global traditions of prayer.
Jennifer Givhan, a Mexican-American poet, is the author of Landscape with Headless Mama (Louisiana State University Press, 2016), winner of the Pleiades Editors’ Prize; Protection Spell (University of Arkansas Press, 2017), winner of the Miller Williams Poetry Prize; and Girl with Death Mask (Indiana University Press, forthcoming 2018), winner of the Blue Light Books Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Poetry, AGNI, Boston Review, Blackbird, The Best New Poets, and elsewhere. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry and a PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices Fellowship. She is editor-in-chief of Tinderbox Poetry Journal and lives with her family in New Mexico. (10/2017)