Jessica Lynn Suchon is a poet, essayist, and women's rights advocate. She recently received her MFA from Southern Illinois University where she was recognized by The Academy of American Poets. Jessica was named a 2016 Emerging Writer Fellow by Aspen Words, a partner of The Aspen Institute and was a finalist for the 2017 Indiana Review Prize. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Yemassee, Hermeneutic Chaos, Radar Poetry, Connotation Press, decomP magazinE, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Rust + Moth, and A Shadow Map: An Anthology by Survivors of Sexual Assault, among others.

Previously in Glass: A Journal of Poetry: Undressing for a Personal Apocalypse

Jessica Lynn Suchon


Hidden inside the trembling skeleton of winter, behind the old Budweiser factory we park and lie in the backseat. All year his fists have broken blood vessels and blackened my eyes into wreaths of verbena. But here, he is hushed and still. On the cusp of spring, rain raps against the glass like knucklebones and thunder cradles us in the palms of its shaking hands. I bend my knees to the cold -stripped oak, to the shiver of wind, say grace for how softly he is capable of moving. Sometimes I think there is another life where no one ruined us. Each night we hold our breath as the train screams and groans and rubs itself raw along the track. Moons tumble from the passing windows and dance on the dead cornstalk stubble. The earth rumbles in the railchurn.

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