Blackberries hang low
in the brambles. The aphids are full up,
death is still hungry.
In high spring I glimpse a Japanese maple
burning in its stillness.
An aging parent trips on a gopher mound
while in Mesa, an orange tree
drops rotting fruit
onto my grandmother’s grave.
When string-theory-dimensions weave
together like the back
of an unfinished tapestry, absence will be a place,
but only if the universe doesn’t collapse Switzerland.
The first time they powered up the Hadron
I wanted to tell him that I still loved him.
I didn’t, so we all lived.
Came back to the garden
and watched our faces age in water ripples.
I don’t remember my second death,
only that moss obscured my name.
Nearby there were lilacs.
Originally from Michigan, Trenton Pollard has worked as a welder, political organizer, graphic designer, and massage therapist. He is a graduate student at Columbia University, where he is the nonfiction editor of Columbia Journal Online. Prior to moving to New York City, he studied poetry at Bennington College and North Carolina State University. Recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in Denver Quarterly, Lambda Literary, The Journal, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere.
Yolanda del Amo is a Spanish-born, New York based artist whose work uses photographic composition to illuminate the influences that shape us as individuals and as social beings. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. She has received multiple awards and grants, such as a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant (2017) and a commendation at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (2009) organized by the National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. Yolanda is currently an Associate Professor for Photography and Digital Media at Ramapo College of New Jersey.