CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
Poetry

Letter to Body Made Breath

Long rivulet of me
strikes the ram’s horn.

My name hymns
god-bright in the lungs:

Loosen me,
revenant. Your absence

caused me to crawl in
the low fields

like a woman in war.
All that labor.

I’ve made a myth of it.
Dress billow-whips

my knees. Breathe:
body arch. Breathe:

body flutter. Breathe:
we linger. At the end

of anything, a lift.
Believe or leave

a breath—

Carly Joy Miller's work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Adroit Journal, Blackbird, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. She has been nominated for a Pushcart and was a finalist for the Stadler Fellowship. She is a contributing editor for Poetry International and a founding editor of Locked Horn Press.
*Image: Utagawa, Toyokuni; Hanaarashi. Courtesy of Library of Congress.
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