CA Conrad


                                half moon parts my hair

                                we went AWOL years ago

                               a different interior location

                               we listen to owl songs now

                            another language made of many

                      does “long villain” mean cruel for hours or tall

                      almost got the             answer in their tapering voices

                                           thin then


                                           a strong

                                           odor of questions

            meat aisle with grotesque in a can

cover him in glitter after sex purple and

                               gold in the rivers of it

Found In Volume 45, No. 04
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About the Author

CAConrad’s childhood included selling cut flowers along the highway for his mother and helping her shoplift. He is the author of nine books of poetry and essays, the latest of which is While Standing in Line for Death (Wave Books, 2017). He is a 2015 Headlands Art Fellow, and has also received fellowships from Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Banff, Ucross, RADAR, and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage; he conducts workshops on (Soma)tic Poetry and Ecopoetics. Visit him online at