S. Whitney Holmes was born and raised in north-central West Virginia. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at the University of Alabama. She lives in Chicago, where she is Co-Editor of Switchback Books and is also an editor for The Offending Adam. Her poems appear in Poetry Northwest, Ninth Letter, and Gulf Coast.
To run with diorama hands.
God, to run.
Come, diorama night. Come
bisect the first place, be swallowed by the wash of shutters smack closed eyelids, the doorknob bob above bathwater tide like an island my knee makes in ocean.