What makes us take another breath under

Amy Jo Trier-Walker


Not to water the ashes. And unburnt crosses. To throw out our hair and dry it in the broken thermometer.
The mercury.

Her eyes split. And sat down. Another error bred in the bone.

To build tracks on sand. To ask no one to repeat what should not have been said. We are all born
with shovels for a reason.

What makes us take another breath under.

The Riddle Mother’s last question of the night: To be she is not to be _____.


About the Work

Amy Jo Trier-Walker

Amy Jo Trier-Walker received her MFA in poetry at Columbia College Chicago, and she is a tree farmer in Indiana.  Along with a chapbook, Trembling Ourselves into Trees, which is forthcoming from Horse Less Press in 2015, her work can be found in or is forthcoming from HandsomeLEVELERWord For/WordTimber, and Ilk, among others, and she is the Art Editor at Black Tongue Review.

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