Honda CB-750

By julie paul

At the crossroads of the crotch
begins the vulval buzz:
ten thousand bees,
lips on a trumpet.

Together we ride the road
that tempts the sea
to rise; leather to leather
we lean through every curve together

your shoulder dips
and machinery follows.
Behind you, I sit, breathe
lilacs   red currant   mock orange

half my cells spring-lullabied,
the others all a-shimmy, alert only
to the growl of little explosions
between our legs.

 

 

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Julie Paul has published two collections of short fiction, The Jealousy Bone (Emdash, 2008) and The Pull of the Moon (Brindle & Glass, 2014). The Pull of the Moon made the Globe and Mail’s list of Top 100 books of 2014, was awarded a bronze IPPY award and most recently won the Victoria Book Prize. She is currently at work on a poetry manuscript, a novel and more stories in Victoria, BC, Canada. More info can be found at www.juliepaul.ca.

Art: “Fine” by featured artist Erika Glass

Erika Glass is a 21 year old senior at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She will graduate in May with a degree in English and hopes to begin a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Fall 2016. Erika is a Lancaster native, and typically works with watercolor and pencil in her visual art.