i. The survivor survived the cold. The survivor survived the coyotes. The survivor survived eco-collapse
ii. and the road. Asphalt hills sealed in ice in colorform cracked vinyl home disguised in time frostlips snow bricks in static broken channel in sepia in dark thoughts you know the kind in plague in plague in plastic sac- red roots birch maple in asphalt fossils in iron rich eyes the road.
iii. Survived the raid on fact, fac- simile of fertility, cleft heart too beat to swipe left tanks flattening clover, insufficient to combat the atrocity of athleisurewear during the end of times-- the survivor presses forget-me-nots into the sheetrock the survivor presses the orphans for answers the survivor presses his own smoldering hands into the snow.
-- Sara Sowers-Wills teaches linguistics and writing at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she writes and pursues research in cognitive linguistics, sound system development, and constructed languages. Her poems have appeared in Pleiades, Interim, and Denver Quarterly. She is inspired by the explosive sunrises and extreme cold in Duluth, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.