We the unlikely
what remains of heart-muscle
and the black earth
We in a word:
We have plans for you, they say.
And we laugh. As narcotic ghosts cling
to the storms of our bodies
sometimes the sky pulls down his starry leggings
and comes hot
in the lake’s wide mouth
it’s there forever in the color
of mixed diesel pulsing
through the two-stroke organs
of our winter bunkers
Marie-Andrée Gill is a Master of Letters student at the University of Québec at Chicoutimi. Gill was born in the Ilnu community in Mashteuiatsh, and her writing blends kitsch and existentialism, combining Quebecois and Ilnu identities. She has published two collections at La Peuplade, Béante (2012) and Frayer (2015), forthcoming in English translation from BookThug.
Kristen Renee Miller is a poet, playwright, and translator living in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica, The Madison Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere, and she has received awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is an editor and director of educational programming at Sarabande Books.