By Flower Conroy
The Largest Island in the Largest Lake on the Largest Island in the Largest Lake on the Largest Island in the Largest Lake in the World
Which you is the real you?—the you
behind your eyes or the you behind
mine? Rains rain. Thumb lingers at
the lip brushing dirt away. The phenomena
of: the boulder in the pond on the island
inside the lake when the lake’s island’s pond
floods, is Lakeception. Otherly vacant,
having radial arrangement, sculptures
among house ferns & dracaena. How
many doors in the halls of the everlasting,
how should it be, night-flying silk? Tinsel
in the garden, spiders in the mind. Be-
cause it harbors future energy, the tree sheds
itself of leaves seasonally. Facts are lonely things.
If numbers are ladders & language’s an eye
of a needle feelings try to thread bone
through, let me be spike & rib, rime &
anchor found inside a frozen droplet.
I’ll put on a body of magnetic flux. I’ll stand
before the dark pulse, I’ll slough through
the slough. I’ll split into tender.
in the dream dream-water, carrying in your teeth
a bouquet. Cutting
out my own heart I am sincere when I say
if you remove
pieces of a machine certain information will be
None of the clocks here report the right time.
Now I’m never late
or early. You’ll find you must abandon the dog
inside the idea.
A shadow makes a room vaster with its darkness & gaps
make it impossible
to number the rings of Saturn. What language
does & undoes & does
not do to reinvent the body. There’s a name
for the ilium-
shaped mark a cold glass makes on a table
but what do I call
the sweat at the neck at your touch? The roses in the vase
are mutilated plants on display.
LGBTQ+ writer and former Key West Poet Laureate, Flower Conroy’s first full-length manuscript, “Snake Breaking Medusa Disorder” was chosen as the winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition. She is the Associate Poetry Editor at The Literary Review, and her poetry has appeared in New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review and other journals.
Art by Michelle Johnsen, art editor
Michelle Johnsen is a nature and portrait photographer in Lancaster, PA, as well as an amateur herbalist and naturalist. Her work has been featured by It’s Modern Art, Susquehanna Style magazine, Permaculture Activist magazine, EcoWatch.com, EarthFirst! Journal, Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, and used as album art for Grandma Shake!, Anna & Elizabeth, and Liz Fulmer Music. Michelle’s photos have also been stolen by AP, weather.com, The Daily Mail, and Lancaster Newspapers. You can contact her at mjphoto717 [at] gmail.com.