SWWIM publishes, celebrates, & promotes women, women-identifying & Femme-presenting writers through a Miami-based reading series & the online poetry journal SWWIM Every Day.

Igneous by Beth Gordon

 

You loved me as sword grass, ungreen and venomous, my new

edges drawing scar, you loved me as heron, long-legged and coastal, as catastrophic forest

fire, blackened limbs and skin as translucent

as winter leaves, full dead and metamorphic, my awful knees

locking between your ribs without a single rattle or cicada song. You loved me as barren,

unable to flesh, as unhatched egg in April snow, as discarded nest, feathers and fur

dissipating at my death-moth touch. You loved me as teeth,

as fingernail, as bottled ship in an unforgiving ocean, as broken

mirror shards. You loved me as wanderer, desert-starved and waterless,

as scalpel-carved, without appendix or breast, you loved me as other,

hungry-boned and insubstantial, as half-remembered crow song, as ghost to my unfed self.

 

 

 

Beth Gordon received her MFA from American University a long time ago and was not heard from again until 2017 when her poems began to appear in numerous journals including Into the Void, Outlook Springs, Verity La and After Happy Hour Review. Landlocked in St. Louis for 17 years, Beth has taught several local writing workshops, and is co-founder of a poetry reading series in Grafton, IL. She is also co-editor of Gone Lawn.

 

Rondeau with African Proverb by Marjorie Thomsen

Primer by Karen Morris