we had been born free footed made from frothy cascades had ourselves borne chains we had never before named mother or daughter simultaneous particles and waves suspended lights burnishing in the texture the harmonics of one dilating chord that approaches pulses and ricochets splays through and lashes staccato shivers into shade you may walk as brisk as you like while we haunt this earth everyone must wait on the tides clenched teeth foaming at our ankles burgundy points of sea urchin spine they tell me perspective is a vanishing line
Carrie Nassif (she/her) is a queer poet and psychologist of the rural Midwest. Her chapbook, lithopaedion (Finishing Line Press) is forthcoming. Other poetry is in Comstock Review, Concision, and Gravity of the Thing; and anthologies including, Slow Lightning: Impractical Poetry, and Written There: The Community of Writers Poetry Review 2022.
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 chapbook prize is named in her honor. She expects her next collection, The Book of Stolen Images (Meadowlark) to be out in a few months.