Illustration by Paige Mehrer.

to lick the skin of the water with a tongue
I don’t speak

the day lifts me up on his shoulders to watch
the varnished remains of our stolen narrative
the cement pelt poured over our feral skins

how to augur anything
but crooked miracles

Marie-Andrée Gill

Marie-Andrée Gill is a master​ of letters student at ​the University of Québec ​at ​Chicoutimi. ​Gill was born in the Ilnu community in​ ​Mashteuiatsh, ​and her writing​ ​blends kitsch and existentialism, ​​combining​ ​Quebecois and​ ​Ilnu identities. She has published two collections at La Peuplade,​ ​Béante​ ​(2012) and Frayer (2015), forthcoming in English translation from BookThug.

Kristen Renee Miller

Kristen Renee Miller is a poet, playwright, and translator living in Louisville, Kentucky. Her poems have appeared in Tinderbox, The Madison Review, The Louisville Review, and elsewhere, and her plays have received awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She is an editor and educational programming director at Sarabande Books.