Three Poems

I am focused on the discontinuity betweenbone and flesh. Take the limit of mother as she approaches a knife, lips mutatedinto the cruel geometry of absence. Tonight, she teaches me how to fillet pork bellieswithout remorse. I calculate the ways we can equate slaughter to beauty. The silversheen of her blade bisecting the untamed angles…

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Jessica Kim

Jessica Kim is a disabled young poet from California. A two-time 2021 Pushcart nominee, her work appears or is forthcoming in Wildness, Diode, Cosmonauts Avenue, Longleaf, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and more. She is the founding editor of The Lumiere Review and her poetry chapbook is coming out with Animal Heart Press in 2022. Find her at and @jessiicable.

Hailey Renee Brown

Hailey Renee Brown is a freelance illustrator born and raised in Mid Michigan. With a bachelor’s in Zoology, she spent years formerly working as a field biologist. Moving across the country to the east coast, she also moved from science to art and graduated from The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. Hailey works as a freelance colorist and illustrator for a wide assortment of clientele, including comic anthologies, fantasy authors, and Dynamite Entertainment.

First Featured In: No. 19, summer 2023

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