Kate Magnolia Glasgow is an artist and poet who will graduate from Austin Peay State University with a B.A. in English/ Creative Writing in May of 2011. Her poetry has appeared in Wired Ruby Magazine, and her flash fiction autobiography piece has appeared on the literary blog The Blessing and the Burden. She is currently an assistant poetry editor for Zone 3 Press, a writing instructor for Austin Peay State University’s Academic Support Center, and was the organizational chairman for the APSU Creative Writer’s Group for two years. She hopes to become a writing instructor for the non-classroom community. As her graduation fast-approaches, she is very excited about dedicating her life to helping her future students heal from emotional trauma through the craft of poetry and writing. She currently claims Nashville as her home, but resides in Clarksville, TN.
I lost you, you lost me: a verb
you fell through the crack in my hands,
cupped together as if a black pot of boiling water had split in two,
the rolls of air and sweet nips of grain placid on my feet below.
you broke heaps of earth, asking questions of everyone else,
accessing codes that neither of us could understand.
you felt the parasites as you licked the stamps, one by one
you confronted the snails and the paintings of women surrounding.
you felt your teeth inside your head every day of your life.
you wore around your neck an albatross, and we took turns
after you left, pushing around this jar of animate, mauve jelly, this notion that
we understand what the earth is meant for.
Now, we live as fragments.
I rather enjoy being feigns of light:
there’s nothing to do, exactly.