“Macroglossum”by Erin Emily Ann Vance

Hello! This week’s Issue 20 feature is a poem by Erin Emily Ann Vance– a Master’s student here at the U of C.



How still–

My lips around a head of garlic

The oil leaks around my teeth

A sludge of dirt and pungency


My knees,

Glue-y, soak,

The white acid.

Into their ridges.


Silent, blistered woman,

The blanket stained with pink.

Her neck-skin loose

Like second-hand carpet


She steps on the stained glass window

with grandmother’s boots,

The laces drag on the kitchen floor

scabbed with mud.