Grace against the Clock · Kevin Stadt

the clock is ticking
pick, quickly
bloodspitting bats twist
whispering moonriver air
fossils flare and jostle
rotting mineral coins
cling to sister stones
broken bridges rubble and rust waterwise
lean winter hounds drift raw
floods of grave fears
the best and worst waves
loose shrill wails of
shame and death

clouds drown
dream horizons

Kevin Stadt holds a master’s degree in teaching writing and a doctorate in American literature; he currently teaches writing at Hanyang University. His poems and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Barren Magazine, The Bookends Review, Edison Literary Review, Gravel Magazine, Neologism Poetry Journal, and Rust + Moth, among others.