A Poem by Carrie Nassif

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 ReviewHarbor 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.