Mar/Apr 2021 • Vol. XLIII No. 2 Nature’s Nature |

Final Poem for the Moon

My first lover, my clavicle’s chiseler sculpting me into blue lamentation and crucible for your lunacy, summon me to scuttle forward — Cancer moon, Cancer rising — and fill myself on your dust-flashed milk, your grayscale honey black-green grasses sharpen their nightblades with. My paramour who gowns me in a yawning glint, Helios’s canvas by which you find your aspects, find your shape mishappen in seven-eighths, your eighth self finally filled with ocher blood or the ruddy salutations of familiar fever. You pass your sickness to me like fervor, my heart a moon learning all its phases at once. My idiolect and diaphragm, deliberate disc slipped from Thoth’s spine, Elysium I pitch my body beneath, white morning glories opening from my sweat-flushed back. I feel my veins harp-pluck toward you. I rise like any body of water compelled into risk, pulled up the god-ladder of your gibbous. You perfect your appetite in my blood, hematite of harvest, scolecite that

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Phillip B. Williams is the author of the chapbooks Burn (YesYes Books 2013) and Bruised Gospels (Arts in Bloom inc. 2011). He is an MFA candidate and Chancellor's Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis.

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