Silent Summer

Studies have indicated a 76% decline in flying insect biomass in Germany over 25 years.

Hawk moths grazing flowers at night,
stars entreated by electrostatic hum,
pull of velvet wing to satin flower; I am
starving. Where are the insects at my lips,
where are they off to in their extinction?
A field in summer without fireflies
is the walk to the end of memory. 

​HANNAH LARRABEE is a poet, science-geek, and former Mainer who grew up on a blueberry farm. Her first full-length collection, Wonder Tissue, won the 2018 Airlie Press Prize. Her chapbook Murmuration (Seven Kitchens Press) is part of the Robin Becker Series for LGBTQ poets. She’s had work appear in: Harpoon Review, Lambda Literary Spotlight, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Hannah was one of 22 artists selected by NASA to see the James Webb Space Telescope, and her JWST poems were displayed at Goddard Space Center. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of New Hampshire. 

ISSN: 1533 2063
FALL 2018