Dissolution Has Sharp Teeth

my body is a wing
of dislocated bones
a revised welt     of want
burning itself out
like a morgue of summer stars

ghosts of things
that used to be     whole
birth a marrowbone
of cloven moons & murky
ocean floors
a dust storm of wounded words
nest in my throat
            promise me         
                        just one last thing

Susan Milchman was most recently a Best of the Net 2018 nominee. Her poetry has appeared in Glass: A Journal of Poetry, bramble & thorn (an anthology from Porkbelly Press, 2017), Rogue Agent, Rust+Moth, Bad Pony, and elsewhere.  She is working on her first chapbook. Susan lives in Minneapolis by way of Washington, D.C. and holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland. Her published work can be found at