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Issue 17: 29 Jan. 2023
Poem: 73 words
By Terry Jude Miller


—For Justin Danzy
until copper coats your tongue 
until lungs become an anxious eagle 

run into it 
head down and bull-breathed 
turn the body into an act 

do not slow your course 
slowing allows the tendrils 
of doubt to overgrow your assiduity 

run with every cell of the body vibrating 
and everything beyond spinning 
away sorrow 

run until there’s nothing left of you 
then you’ll discover what 
you were running to 

Terry Jude Miller
Issue 17 (29 January 2023)

is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet from Houston. He received the 2018 Catherine Case Lubbe Manuscript Prize for his book, The Drawn Cat’s Dream. His work has been published in the Southern Poetry Anthology, The Lily Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, The Oakland Review, and in scores of other publications. He serves as First Vice Chancellor for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies.

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