Blood and Milk – A Cento

her kiss was like an adder’s fang

all naked in the moon.

beak into it. it would hover there, ghostly still,

the blood and the milk hidden

their release wetting ours

then, as if breathing, the sea swelled beneath us. if you must know anything

it truly must take nothing but grief to turn our people into a choir.

frought deep with seven million years of evil, hate and pain:

far off the throbbing waters flow

to a deserted orchard, old and lone,

through rows of pear and plum.

open like a seed, but the seed was already dry.

the road forward seems to retreat

crowned with august and salt. my marigold wave.

Works Cited

Abdurraqib, Hanif.

Choi, Franny. Death by Sex Machine. Sibling Rivalry Press, 2017.

Choi, Franny. Soft Science. Alice James Books, 2019.

Churchill, C. Petals of the Moon. C. Churchill, 2019.

Kaur, Rupi. The Sun and Her Flowers. Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2017.

Hefner, Kate. Strange Creatures. Kate Hefner 2020.

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Translated by Stephen Addiss & Stanley Lombardo. Shambhala Publications, Inc., 2007.

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Poems

Blooming. The Sun and Her Flowers. Kaur, Rupi.

A Brief History of Cyborgs. Death by Sex Machine. Choi, Franny.

Ch. 41. Tao Te Ching. Lao-Tzu

Full. Petals of the Moon. Churchill, C.

Immigrant Haibun, Night Sky WIth Exit Wounds. Vuong, Ocean.

The King and the Oak. Kull: Exile of Atlantis. Howard, Robert E.

Madrigal of Memory. The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies. Smith, Clark Ashton.

The Old Water-Wheel. The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies. Smith, Clark Ashton.

On Sainthood. The Crown Ain’t Worth Much. Abdurraqib, Hanif.

Solomon Kane’s Homecoming. The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane. Howard, Robert E.

Strings. Strange Creatures. Hefner, Kate.

You’re So Paranoid. Soft Science. Choi, Franny.

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