Hell or Highwater

the dead-woods quiver.

have you heard bellingham at dusk?

it collides with the border

yes, whatcom.

yes, trail-flare.

yes, the pickford has moved
& the horseshoe is empty.

i won't let your father
see the blood-spray.

i won't let him near the car.

we are giants.
we fill the bay with wreckage.

Joshua Young is the author THE HOLY GHOST PEOPLE (Plays Inverse Press), and three other collections. His work has appeared in or is forthcoming from Gulf Coast, Puerto del Sol, Salt Hill, Third Coast, Nightblock, Vinyl, Fugue, and The Laurel Review, among others. He is Associate Director of Creative Writing at Columbia College Chicago. He lives in the Wicker Park neighborhood with his family.