“Big Icicles No. 2” © Bonnie Matthews Brock


When a Heart Bursts

Pressure, pressure, pressure
Presses her–– a sweetie, honey, baby

Made of ice and snow she let him go when she
Cupped her hands around it–– him, he, his mouth, the flame that

Thawed her, broke her, bled her to
Hysteria, a wisteria snow, baby

Bit back when she
Dripped on the kitchen counter, dousing him, he flickered

The dead don’t dissolve


Sara Pompeo is a student of English. She is also an editor of Red Skies magazine and the literary journal Soundings East. She is a lover of poetry who refuses to write about the rain or snap her fingers for appraisal.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as a school psychologist. Her images have been published in Ibbetson Street, The Somerville Times, Oddball Magazine, Beyond Words Literary Magazine, and Wild Roof Journal. Her work is archived at Harvard University, the University of Buffalo, and Poets House in NYC. Bonnie loves to capture, in images, a very wide range of subjects, and to learn and experiment with shooting and editing techniques.