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Issue 7: March 2021
Poem: 91 words
By Jonathan Yungkans

The Thin, Terrifying Edges Between Things

after The Chains That Free Us by Cindy L. Sheppard
—title of poem after John Ashbery
stainless links tinkle 
their bell tolls for thee 

from pinions nine 
hundred forty feet 

in three miles an in-
verted shore sandstone 


to climb morning sun 
reflected like God 

in a burning bush 
from the mountain 

face scorching breath deep 
in lungs upward sky 


deeper than azure 
a hue to drown in 

clanking steel a 
resolve in fingers 

into shadows off this 
beach step slip stretch rise 


—One of four Finalists in The Chains Writing Challenge

Jonathan Yungkans
Issue 7, March 2021

is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer with an MFA from California State University, Long Beach. His work has appeared in San Pedro Poetry Review, Synkroniciti, West Texas Literary Review, Gleam: Journal of the Cadralor, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and other publications. His second poetry chapbook, Beneath a Glazed Shimmer, won the 2019 Clockwise Chapbook Prize and was published in February 2021 by Tebor Bach.

More on the Web: By, About, and Beyond

Lawful and Proper, poem by Jonathan Yungkans in Rise Up Review (Fall 2020)

Cadralor in the Key of F-Sharp as It Cuts into My Spine in the inaugural issue of Gleam (Fall 2020)

I’d Love to Cook Like Hannibal Lecter [video], read by the poet at an event sponsored by Moon Tide Press (10 October 2019) celebrating the anthology Dark Ink: A Poetry Anthology Inspired by Horror

Saving the Patient, poem in The Voices Project (18 January 2018)

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