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Current Issue : Number Twenty-Five

The Easement


A blind swallow returns to the palace of shades
& the messenger girl, a dream
throws the lamplight on it to thread
the chase into the underworld—
so told, so visited—
& the lure of the sound of the key
in the lock brings to the screen of her missing.
Wanting again to ask how the dead
are doing exactly & what & with whom.

Joshua Marie Wilkinson is the author of a book called Meadow Slasher (Black Ocean 2016). He lives in Tucson, Arizona.