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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

from Grief Vectors


Would I even want to transcend, I ask myself

The sharp chips of my teeth are never absent

The heated, hollow under-pain always on its way back to me

It is a rush and move forward, voice loss on void sign

If insatiability if excess is a wound /

If I have to acknowledge, make statements, of suffering / If syntax

I don’t want to enter into you / your mouth

Empathy begins to feel violent

My scars are on me, my head hurts, in Spanish, the stomach pains me

A tooth of mine broke on the train to Chicago

and for 25 hours I held my tongue in its place


Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press) and two chapbooks: If You’re a Bear, I’m a Bear (H_NGM_N) and Expeditions to the Polar Seas (Sixth Finch). Her work may be found in places like Gulf Coast, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Volt, Sixth Finch, The Volta, and the Colorado Review. She is the founding editor of Jellyfish Magazine, and lives, writes, and teaches in Athens, GA.