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Testimony

Read by Abraham Smith

Hour Seventy Two: In Which the Witch Describeth Her God

The rim of the wheel and the spokes held inside the fountain
and fish the water the open of the fish’s mouth filled with
water the wolf’s hair standing guard against rain the rain
that slides from the wolf’s slate coat the forest marten furred
in darkness the darkness itself and the light lying within its
sealed lips the delphinium forcing its purple skull free from
earth and the earth which forces it to freedom the tongue of
the pony against muzzled green and the grass which greets him
with greenness the russet peel cradling white flesh and the
white flesh inside cradled the vision sewn to the reverse of
the lid and the lid which leads the eye to a vision the moon
a seed pearl and the sky its woad fabric the jug and the water
frozen in the jug’s form the limb and the bone that stands in
its skin the shore and the wave which stretches its fingers
towards shore the womb and the child quickened inside its
wet the lung and the breath spreading its sides the fire
that warms and the fire that frees you of body by burning

A poet, playwright, and fiction writer, Emma Bolden is the author of three chapbooks of poetry, the most recent of which is The Sad Epistles, forthcoming in September of 2008 from Dancing Girl Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, the Indiana Review, the Cimarron Review, and other journals. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she was the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to the 2008 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of English in creative writing at Georgetown College, and serves as the poetry editor of the Georgetown Review.