AMP. Always Electric.

Volume 2, No. 1

Scapegoats of the Woods Arranged as Furniture

Into the self-reflected kiss, the glass that masquerades as air, like breaking in, this one coming in,
yellow beaked, disheveled, the opposite of captured—this one coming in
—despite the full moon rising, lighting up migration,
glanced off walls, hurtled up the stairs, shit, defiling
valances.

Such birds—the aves sacer—darken jungle gyms, their screams the screams of children.
I had thought to feed them from my hand. Line the cage with papers.

Kathleen Hellen

Kathleen Hellen is the author of the collection Umberto’s Night, winner of the Jean Feldman Poetry Prize, and two chapbooks, The Girl Who Loved Mothra and Pentimento. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Letters and Commentary, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, North American Review, Poetry Daily, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, the Sewanee Review, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River Poetry, and elsewhere. Recipient of the Thomas Merton poetry prize, the H.O.W. Journal poetry prize, the Washington Square Review Poetry Prize, and twice nominated for the Pushcart, she teaches in Baltimore.