Some Leading Lines from May’s Collection

“Pomegranate Means Grenade”

Hold a pomegranate in your palm.
Imagine ways to split it. Think of the breaking
skin as shrapnel. Remember granada
means pomegranate and granada
means grenade because grenade
takes its name from the fruit…


I love too many women is not the best lead-in
for a conversation that will end
with me telling you I love you
for the first time…

“Hum for the Stone”

Here on the shoulder
of a freeway, rebar exposed
by a semi that crushed a concrete
dividing wall to avoid crushing
a hatchback protrudes from slabs
in a way she imagines bone can…


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