Poetry by Talia Reed
at 5:30 in the afternoon she fumbled out of the dark bedroom,
into a kitchen.
an example of highly unusual fauna.
she googled the word kerosene, the combustible hydrocarbon liquid kind.
drank the meltlight meaning, came alive at that fellow feeling.
with Lower Heat Value.
the beautiful women in pearls, in stethoscope, in liquid caps, in crude
oil, in jet engineburn.
the beautiful women at record high cost, with subsequent leakage.
mixed into particulate matter. Domestic.
legitimate contamination. the smell of freedom. in crude
once placed in its own genus, it lost its ability to fly.
Talia Reed is a public school teacher in rural Indiana. Her chapbook This Admirable Miry Clay was recently published from dancing girl press. Her poems have appeared in several literary magazines including Main Street Rag, Wicked Alice, Tipton Poetry Journal, Switchback, Moria, and Arsenic Lobster. This past summer she was a participant in the Favorite Poem Project Summer Institute for Educators at Boston University.