Orizaba
JORY MICKELSON

Where are you lovely,
though only bone, beneath
the slow hand of wave?

What low home are you now,
coral, fanned shell,
or have you drifted, faded?

How to summon
the funnel of your mouth,
the howl, the yellow
funereal yawn?

What schooled words
can you keep? What fin—
so final, your leap?








JORY MICKELSON's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Collagist, The Los Angeles Review, Boxcar Poetry Review, PANK Magazine and other places. He received an Academy of American Poet’s Prize in 2011 while completing his MFA at the University of Idaho. His second chapbook Slow Depth, was published in 2012 by Winged City Chapbooks. He is a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow and lives in Northwest Washington.