A Poem by Kristin George Bagdanov

Kristin George Bagdanov

Kristin George Bagdanov received her MFA in poetry from Colorado State University and currently studies 20th c. American poetry and ecocriticism in the literature PhD program at U.C. Davis. Recent and forthcoming poems can be found in Boston Review, Ninth Letter, and Puerto Del Sol. She is the poetry editor of Ruminate Magazine.

echo / after

Mine is an opening : black breath
also mine
               face full of coal
               so close to foal
even the way I hold them
both inside my hands

Lump hard : fur soft
old : new
ancient : soon

If sound could save
we’d press fire
into lyre, quake
into wake

Each held
by a body

known only after
by its trace