AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

Ruthless Heaven

On this day five years ago,
he is shot near the tree.
God takes no side in this.
The ocean stays pure.
His spirit rises past
the tropic of swallows
beyond the nylon skyline.

At his mother's house
a solitary bulb shines
into the smudge where light
interdicts the dark.
Otherwise the void
casts no shadow.
His room stays empty,
door brilliantly obedient
to its closed nature.

I walk past the flower bed
of he who has departed,
hindered by the memories
no one wants to remember.
Even the world is pretending
that the stone marking
his grave was hewn yesterday.

Ian Randall Wilson

Ian Randall Wilson’s fiction and poetry have appeared in a number of literary journals including the North American Review, The Gettysburg Review and Alaska Quarterly Review. His first collection, Ruthless Heaven, is scheduled for publication in late 2017 by Finishing Line Press.  He has an MFA in Poetry and Fiction from Warren Wilson College, and is on the fiction faculty at the UCLA Extension. By day he works at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles.