Lake-Effect · Seth Jani

When the snow hits
not even a god
can save the city,
ignite a guiding radiance.
Doors disappear, houses,
the purpose of eyes.
Only a chill, deep in the materials,
survives. A witnessing sense
that resembles a bare flame,
a conscious bone,
a ghost that looks out
and falls in love
with the erasable world
because it too is made
from tiny fractals,
freezing bits of light.

Seth Jani lives in Seattle, WA and is the founder of Seven CirclePress. Their work has appeared in Chiron Review, Rust+Moth and Pretty Owl Poetry, among others. Their full-length collection, Night Fable, was published by FutureCycle Press in 2018. Visit them at