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Mrs. D

BY MICHELLE JIA

Honorable Mention for the 2012 Adroit Prize for Poetry
Judge: Chloe Honum

 

death is a current 
from the familiar 
to the unfamiliar, 
an unstoppable 
arrival upon a bed 
of corn husks 
in the blind 
throttle 
of hailstones 
 
death is a scattering 
over a fountain 
of shapeless linen 
in the lunge and the loom 
of an accelerating 
headwind 
 
death is the all-stone 
child of a flowing 
chisel that will not 
be still 
for its 
asthmatic 
mother

 

 

Michelle Jia is a writer and musician who lives for summer storms, paper mail and uncharted land. She is a freshman at Stanford University, but calls Toronto, Canada home.