Samantha Duncan


Be the carapace, inside and out. For example,
wear a cold rain’s steam off a Texas lake
and nothing else. You thought I’d suggest
we glitter maternal instead, keep our ovens
on all day. Do live for a week in the house
inside your mother, though. Suckle furiously,
the contents of an old white man’s
coat pocket, and keep a growth chart
near your voice box. Hear it now,
the womb debating us, while the curl
of words sifts through aged breath. Make room
for a baby on this list. Dress inevitability
in lace and stomach lining. All that unwanted
hair, those veins that listen. Transcribe
the stories of porch furniture. In a darkroom,
develop and eat your selfies whole.
For a comfortable voyage, stir the webbing
between the ears, like the flesh of a turtle’s neck,
twice weekly, but no more.

A Spill on the Grid

In a dream, I’m perched on the head of a pin,
five hundred feet off the ground,
where clouds open their tiny mouths. In the flood,

it takes years to find the larynx
of a suburb. Tea bags steeped in the corridors
between brain and skull, until graduation from

the gradient. Not in a dream,
a bullet gets an education on the school bus,
into her head. Alone together,

we group or gun. We ride the bullet,
we whisk the lungs through caves,
until the dirt finds its home in our bones.

Samantha Duncan is the author of The Birth Creatures (Agape Editions, 2016), One Never Eats Four (ELJ Publications, 2014), and Moon Law (Wild Age Press, 2012). Her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Pinch, Stirring, and Fruita Pulp. She serves as Executive Editor for ELJ Publications, reads for Gigantic Sequins, and lives in Houston.
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Susan Lewis ( is the Editor-in-chief and founder of Posit ( and the author of ten books and chapbooks, including Zoom (winner of the Washington Prize), Heisenberg's Salon, This Visit, and State of the Union. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Walkers in the City (Rain Taxi), They Said (Black Lawrence Press), and Resist Much, Obey Little (Dispatches/Spuyten Duyvil), as well as in journals such as Agni, Boston Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Conjunctions online, Diode, Interim, New American Writing, and VOLT.