shoals in sparked night real creatures crushed by heated hunter gathers me, in long stocking pearlescent, feasting salty heat of abalone stewed in derelict measure climbed, naked, on board each body, a mosaic in sand drift, sea rind, carapace in hand to which we, a fire red carved, each tissue ripped from small purse tessellated surface talus shade in tears
From Western Practice by Stephen Motika. Copyright © 2012 by Stephen Motika. Reprinted with permission of Alice James Books. All rights reserved.