Hot Metal Bridge

Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five



Bodies echo bodies, turn
in attitude—shadows tilt
sidelong, acrobatic. Backs
press backs, share weight,
fight gravity.
Anchored, axial fits
consume air until nothing
breathes or can breathe.
Mantras move walls:
grotesque witch-dance
burning before footlights.

Joleen Westerdale is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at UMass/Boston. She holds a BA from UMass/Boston in German, and an MS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. She is an academic librarian and lives in Boston with her partner Eric and their two cats. This is her first publication.