This one tattooed by Superior’s waves if a snake had slid across to ink some faint and sinewy stripe to bisect sheets of less-than- incandescent light
trailing its opal lamp its pare-strand of angel hair it flickers a microscopic seaward marquis
The wings are nearly nothing some filament from baby’s brush The wing thus porthole to the leaf
-- Christina Pugh is the author of three books of poems, including Grains of the Voice (Northwestern University Press, 2013). Her fourth book, Perception, is forthcoming from Four Way Books in 2017. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim fellowship in poetry, and has also received fellowships and awards from the Poetry Society of America, Poetry magazine, the Illinois Arts Council, Ragdale, and the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, and other publications. She is a professor in UIC’s Program for Writers, and consulting editor for Poetry.