Jen Tynes is the founding editor of Horse Less Press. She is most recently the author of Heron/Girlfriend (Coconut Books) and the co-author, with Michael Sikkema, of Autogeography (Black Warrior Review). A new chapbook, The Black Mariah, is forthcoming from DoubleCross Press.
The animal will lie down with minerals in its system and be cached like
posies, lung branches all gone sponge central yet the silver
snout tremor. The mechanical insistence of the sieve-heart. The animal will feed its babies
with a forklift, will suffer a frozen pea to cream. What I said is the animal will lie
down with the red cat’s cradle thread counts of its body and calculate
its age in off-grid city blocks. Any change in the animal will make a new name
possible, and that is why hiccups happen more often in winter, why we cannot speak