An Explanation of the Aftermath

Isabel Balée

1.

didacting underwater — how microbes in a pile of ivy — a smokestack stopping blight after water
— in its own breath — a woman — on sunday — in a steeple fell an organ — mosquitoes in the
middle of an ending — a city in a body after water — a woman moving her body through the dry
and blight — a city on sunday in a pile — a woman leaving — a woman at all —

2.

at all a steeple — at all prayers in a god place — didacting in the wrong room woke up beginning
the door — beginning the blue of it — in softer light — believe in better monsters — believe in
better caught from the beginning — an aftermath — an explanation in pixels — in better light
enjoy what the sea’s alive in a god place — didacting at all —

3.

in microsleep after ivy stillwater — a city out its own grasp on the screen alive in pixels — a
woman better believe the stars transcend an ending — the steamboat in riversung mosquitoes —
through a body believe microbes begin a new city at all —

About the Work

Isabel Balée

Isabel Balée is a New Orleans native, currently working on her MFA in Literary Arts at Brown University. She received her BA in English at Tulane University this past May. She has publications forthcoming in Thunderclap Press, Dose Rate Magazine, and The Double Dealer.

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