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I Take Back the Sponge Cake

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PAINFUL LANDSCAPE

In less than 2 weeks, this feeling will crack—
a fine fracture sometimes known as filament.
I held my breath as you tied the apron,
the heat of your hands, the bow at my back.

A dark head full of dark thoughts meets a ferry.
Infidelity burns in its narrow white bed.
Tender hooves ascend the mountain
the lake bitterly inverts with every step.

Each year after fighting the antlers fall off,
but we can’t stop lamenting lost velvet and bone.
When I said filament, I meant forever.

Shake your poor, incandescent head—
I know we were meant for each other.
Birds of fine feather, flocking asunder.

TIDE: ebb and flow at sea
TIED: fastened

High _______________, we met in the dark by the docks.

If you choose tide, go to page 9.

If you choose tied, go to page 7.

Go back to title page.

Sierra Nelson’s poems have appeared in journals such as Poetry Northwest, Forklift Ohio, Diagram, and Mare Nostrum, as well as on a Seattle Metro bus placard. As co-founder of the collaborative teams The Typing Explosion and the Vis-à-Vis Society, she has written and performed nationally and internationally. Nelson lives in Seattle.

Loren Erdrich is a visual artist working in drawing, sculpture, performance, and video. She received her MFA from the Burren College of Art and the National University of Ireland. She has exhibited across the United States and internationally, both individually and as part of the CultureLab Collective and GalleryELL, Brooklyn. Loren currently lives and works in New York City. Please see more of her work at www.okloren.com.