Sit: a Spell           by Jericho Hockett

before you miss intimate           years paint yourself
an old abandoned           grey room
take conscious           measures create color in
your life           desires urgently calm
radical inattention           spends without counting
worried dollars           purchase few friends
eye rubble and speculation           grieve seasons
give screens           a sabbath night for surprises
diversion reduces           world thinking
of poetry           temples to technologies of heart
absorb images           observed in day
dreaming a planet           free to sense music
in silence sit           a spell to shift

Jericho Hockett’s (she/her) roots are in the farm in Kansas, and she blooms in Topeka with Eddy, Evelynn, and Bastion. She is a poet, social psychologist, teacher, forever student, and dreamer, most whole in the green. Some of her poems appear with or are forthcoming from Mom Egg Review, Coffin Bell, and Pilgrimage Magazine. Her first chapbook, ‘Rituals for Dissolution,’ is forthcoming from Eastern Iowa Review/Port Yonder Press. Instagram: @jerichomariette

About the Guest Editor: Dennis Etzel Jr. (he/him) lives with his spouse Carrie and their five boys in Topeka, Kansas where he teaches English at Washburn University. He has numerous books, including My Secret Wars of 1984 (BlazeVOX 2015) which was selected by The Kansas City Star as a Best Poetry Book of 2015. His work has appeared in Denver Quarterly, Indiana Review, FUGUE, Puerto del Sol, 1913: a journal of poetic forms, Tarpaulin Sky, DIAGRAM, and others.


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