M. Wright is the author of two forthcoming chapbooks: a boy named jane (Bottlecap Press, 2017) and Dear Dementia (Ghost City Press, 2017). He is the 2016 winner of The Atlantis Award in poetry and his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Squawk Back, Maudlin House, Ghost City Review, L'Éphémère Review, cahoodaloodaling, and Temenos Journal. More: wrightm.com Twitter: @m__wright

Also by M. Wright: a boy named jane Dear Dementia

M. Wright

Before Quiet

The hallway is a koi pond each creak cocks the buckshot & shotguns ripples downstream bopping shells onto my landlord's pillow the koi flops around & bends back its spine might just snap it couldn't snap fast enough why would someone put fish up here I hear her shouting underneath the pond but it is too muffled I start plucking lily pads out the water to make room for her language I do it the same way between my eyes I just pull till something breaks & something breaks it is her ceiling & all the fish flush into her arms but I still can't hear what she's saying seems the koi have settled into quiet & the hallway is drained.

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