(Re)Incarnation Like all birds, mythical or not, there is an egg. Inside, darkness. An ember. Days uncounted, for days are of no consequence, as the fiery sliver lies within its yolk of ash. It is no easy thing, birthing, when all you remember is the close and dark; yet driven by body’s demand for burning, white-hot beak demanding exit, a sudden influx of oxygen as flaming wings spread wide, at once aloft. In the end, what makes one a phoenix is not just the fire, but the flight. Promised It’s been an interminable winter sun held close behind jealous grey clouds. Icy mud trails into my foyer, remnant of the filthy season. But day lilies spike their yellow-green limbs though last year’s leaves, defiantly pointing towards spring. And on the warmest day yet, I slip one shy foot out of my boot, place it on the greening ground, seeking the warm heartbeat of a summer I know must come eventually.
R.B. Simon is a queer artist and writer of African and European-American descent. She has been published inmultiple literary journals, and her chapbook, The Good Truth, was released by Finishing Line Press in July 2021. She currently lives in Madison, WI with her spouse, daughter, and four little dogs.
Editor-in-Chief Laura Lee Washburn is the Director of Creative Writing at Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and the author of This Good Warm Place: 10th Anniversary Expanded Edition (March Street) and Watching the Contortionists (Palanquin Chapbook Prize). Her poetry has appeared in such journals as TheNewVerse.News, Carolina Quarterly, Ninth Letter, The Sun, and Valparaiso Review. Harbor Review’s microchap prize is named in her honor.