The languishing magma voluptuous, The pine pancreas purchase. We wish a convoy. We wish to convey. We wish a cowboy would. Merry Christmas. Cholera. Finches. What’s important are corpse. Harpsichord lakes. Cabins and quartz. The law. The bishop. If they all found solace in Alaska’s sunsets, eternal borealis, distractions, lights.
My strike in a bald bath came through a funneled, zinnia rain.
Your hands, felt me as naked rice, each grain a drill into my back and tiny wells turning tide, new gelatin embryos to reside in the small. We exist as a tobacco leaf and orchid, and devour the protein of our waking life.
You Loki, and I beaten, silt upon my face
like voluptuous women I cannot break.
-- Lina Ramona Vitkauskas has authored the poetry books/chapbooks THE RANGE OF YOUR AMAZING NOTHING (Ravenna Press, 2010); Failed Star Spawns Planet/Star (dancing girl press, 2006); and Shooting Dead Films with Poets (Fractal Edge Press, 2004). She was the recipient of The Poetry Center of Chicago’s 15th Annual Juried Reading award, judged by Brenda Hillman, and has been nominated by Another Chicago Magazine for an Illinois Arts Council Award. In addition, she was a semi-finalist in the Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic contest sponsored by Chicago’s Guild Complex. Previously, she has placed as a semi-finalist in the Cleveland State University Open Poetry Series, and in 1999, she received an honorable mention from STORY Magazine in its Carson McCullers Award competition. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies including: TriQuarterly, The Prague Literary Review,The Chicago Review, Van Gogh’s Ear (Paris), VLAK (Ed. Louis Armand, Edmund Berrigan), The City Visible: Chicago Poetry for the New Century (Cracked Slab Books, 2007), Aufgabe, Drunken Boat, White Fungus (New Zealand), MiPoesias, and Paper Tiger (Australia).