I’ve always lived by water
so that means there’s always been
an exit. The promise of distance
slipped under my skin, so I can barely stand.
How do I tell my ten-year-old self
to run? Or how not to love
places I ran
to lose myself
every shoreline is broken in the shape of what
Sharmila Voorakkara received her MFA from the University of Virginia. Her first collection of poems, Fire Wheel, was published by the University of Akron Press.
Ron Riekki’s books include My Ancestors are Reindeer Herders and I Am Melting in Extinction (Loyola University Maryland’s Apprentice House Press), Posttraumatic (Hoot ‘n’ Waddle), and U.P. (Ghost Road Press). Right now, he's listening to Loma's "Relay Runner."