Divinity. and 2 more poems by Robert Beveridge

Robert Beveridge


in our innocence we prayed
wrapped our words in mystic cloaks

yearned to open ourselves
to something greater something more

our words were not enough
so we invented languages

cut back the branches of the forest
and set them ablaze

body to body
mind to mind

we learned to fuse
the corn syrup, the egg whites

the vanilla 


are unable to withdraw
into themselves. the roman
candle union supports this
one hundred ten percent, yessir.

on a rooftop that overlooks
a mock civil war battle
a cadre of pangonlins in trenchcoats
hand out matches
to 14-year-olds. 


Teeth sink into flesh, nick it 
enough to slip your finger in, 
pull away the callous, expose
the raw center.

You separate a wedge, slip it 
half into your mouth, bite down.
A trickle of juice rolls from the corner
over your throat.

I savor it in my kiss.

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Robert Beveridge (he/him) makes noise (xterminal.bandcamp.com) and writes poetry in Akron, OH. Recent/upcoming appearances in The Sparrow’s Trombone, Three Line Poetry, and Failed Haiku, among others.

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Published by darcie friesen hossack

Darcie Friesen Hossack is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers. Her short story collection, Mennonites Don’t Dance, was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Award, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading Evergreen Award for Adult Fiction. Citing irreverence, the book was banned by the LaCrete Public Library in Northern Alberta. Having mentored with Giller finalists Sandra Birdsell (The Russlander) and Gail Anderson Dargatz (Spawning Grounds, The Cure for Death by Lightening), Darcie's first novel, Stillwater, will be released in the spring of 2023. Darcie is also a four time judge of the Whistler Independent Book Awards, and a career food writer. She lives in Northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, international award-winning chef, Dean Hossack.

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