Perhaps a bit late, but I thought I would write up a little background about "Bird Chooses to Make a Habitat of Heart," published in March 2021 in Impossible Archetype issue 9.
My story "Goodbye to Rock" placed 7th in the "Elemental Flash" contest! The issue was published online today and our stories will be published in a print anthology in the future! I'm grateful to be included; these flash contest issues are always a highlight.
I contributed my own poem about sadness to the issue, "I Can't Explain Love or Loss if the Only Language I Have is Geology or What I Watch on YouTube." It was sparked by my unexpected sadness over finding out that a couple I used to watch on YouTube has long since broken up.
"I must / still look for / him. My constant / resentment. / Unrequited."
"Beyond the scarred surface, I saw the bones of the Moon, / the geology of a crime. He would not speak of it."
"Little girls in white dresses skipping rope / & chanting singsong in slow motion we stole / from an 80’s horror film."
"I drove Pacific Northwest November numb / through trees like tall green drifts to the ocean / seething with chaos."
”I’m dazzled by headlights / while flaming forest fire sits / smug on my couch under my roof / smoking up his coming out to me / like its air itself. He told me over the phone. / He’s here now. I pull from the breast / pocket of my work shirt a folded list / of questions I wrote.”
"The thing crafted from fabric and plaster, / more pile of dirt and wet cardboard / than realistic human skeleton, lies / under glass in a white cinderblock / coffin elevated over the concrete floor / in the last of three corrugated steel sheds / at the roadside attraction."