First/Last Page – Poetry by Holly Day

Richard Diebenkorn – Seated Woman, Green Interior

flames darken the single sheet of paper
some words burns brighter than the rest
typewriter lies dead in the corner
angry teeth inlaid with rusted iron bits

typewriter burns bright in the corner
on the floor, keyboard split, askew
carefully-set pieces of ebony screaming
a mouthful of flames darkening the neatly-typed words.

About the Poet

Holly Day has been a writing instructor at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis since 2000. Her poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review, and hernewest poetry collections are Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), The Tooth is the Largest Organ in the Human Body (Anaphora Literary Press), and Book of Beasts (Weasel Press).

For the first time in nearly five years, Vita Brevis is closed for submission. Read the full story here.

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