the small sound of a falling snowflake,
slow it down, low frequency rumble
of a whale, both melting into the ocean
in time, the water glowing as bright
as lanterns, and sailors drowning as if
they’d seen lighthouses, more lost men
entering from the shore’s mouth, that
emptiness between the stars, pupils
compensating for this hard blanket of
deadlight night, still surrounded by
silent shorebirds, nested, watching,
stinging the surface of the water
like quickening nix when they alight.


Author’s Bio

MA|DE is a collaborative writing partnership between Mark Laliberte, interdisciplinary artist and author of Asemantic Asymmetry (Anstruther 2017) and Jade Wallace, author of Rituals of Parsing (Anstruther 2018). MA|DE’s poetry has appeared in PRISM, Poetry Is Dead, and Rat’s Ass Review and is forthcoming in Trinity Review. Their debut chapbook, Test Centre, will be published in spring 2019 by ZED Press. Read more at: