Todd Dillard's work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Adroit Journal, Best New Poets, Booth, The Boiler Journal, and Electric Literature. His debut book "Ways We Vanish" is available from Okay Donkey Press. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and daughter. Follow him on twitter via @toddedillard.
Your death came with instructions.
I buried your hands in bluebonnet fields.
I glued your teeth to glow-in-the-dark stars
and glued the stars to my basement's ceiling.
I pinned your ears to the alder tree in my backyard,
found them a week later wrapped in burgundy cocoons.
Your death came with extra parts too:
Elbow skin like two used bar napkins.
Soy sauce dish of your collarbone.
White hair, which scurried into corners like mice.
I asked the galaxy in my basement: What should I do?
But it was too busy multiplying,
new stars blossomed every day,
some with two teeth, eight, a whole grin.
I placed the extra parts of you in a Ziploc bag,
placed the Ziploc bag in my kitchen's junk drawer.
Spring arrived like an ex in a dream.
The hair ran into traffic, and then
the cocoons burst like touch-me-nots.
No sign of the ears, though,
no sign anything else had changed at all.
Just a feeling, like waking up to a soft knock on the door,
but when you answer there’s only light
snow, which vanishes as soon as it kisses the ground.
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Marianne Chan- 2 poems
Jason Crawford- PReP
Geramee Hensley- Redundancy Limit
Dustin Pearson- My Brother Outside the House in Hell
DT McCrea- On occasion of my own death
Noor Hindi- Unkept
Linda Dove- Mid-Life with Teeth
Stephen Furlong- I Don't Know About You, but Mostly I Just Want to be Held
Dorothy Chan- Because You Fall Too Fast Too Hard
Kevin Latimer- MIRAGE
Taylor Byas- Rooftop Monologue
Matt Mitchell- FINE LINE TRIPTYCH
Todd Dillard- Will
Heidi Seaborn- Under The Bed
Heather Myers- A Rainbow, Just For A Minute
Donna Vorreyer- In The Encyclopedia of Human Gestures
Conor Bracken- THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO TO A MAN
Ben Purkert- 2 Poems
Emma Bolden- What Women's Work Is
Chelsea Dingman- Lockdown Drill
Raych Jackson- Pantoum for Derrion Albert from the Plank
Elliot Ping- in the eighth grade
ii. dance moves
D.A. Powell- Sneak