by Isaac Ginsberg Miller
what fizzled into a ribbon of blue? call it liminal.
the smoke is an open parachute.
hymn to the jaguar fleeing a curtain of fire.
symphony of twenty thousand clear-cut trunks.
i watch the crossbow turning in her hands,
snake-head where a bolt had been.
leaf vein dripping red. hieroglyph.
we who ravage, we who delight.
witness our mausoleum highways.
armageddon, name me bridegroom.
leave me not leave me not.
Isaac Ginsberg Miller’s poetry appears or is forthcoming in journals such as Callaloo, Colorado Review, Propter Nos, Sonora Review, and Vinyl. His chapbook Stopgap won The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review Chapbook Contest, and will be published in 2019. He is currently a PhD student in African American Studies at Northwestern University, where he is also a member of the Poetry and Poetics Graduate Cluster.