Literary Orphans

Fixation & Force the Deep Breath by Charlotte Hamrick

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You were a brooding wind

a gestating  storm

a ragged intake of derelict breath


your voracious tongue thrusted blue

and flickered orange, procreating

mayhem on a cellular level

while I restlessly whirled


in surreptitious places,

a pinion gnashing



ripping molecules

rearranging atoms.




a quantum hurricane thinly veiled.

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Force the Deep Breath

The edge of the knife blade hangs

innocently close,

water immerses the blue light

of our human air,

blood is not a question

of power.



the deep breath;

explore the damage,

the treasure,

the myth,

the drowned face.

Sway the ribs of tentative haunts,

the dark streams of



Closed eyes bear the stress




we are lost.

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Charlotte Hamrick lives in New Orleans where she doesn’t eat gumbo everyday and doesn’t ever say “chère”. Her work has been published in numerous online and print journals, most recently including  Blue Fifth Review, Connotation Press, and The Poetry Storehouse. She was a finalist for the 15th Glass Woman Prize and is a Pushcart nominee. Her  original writing can be found on her websites,  Zouxzoux andNOLAFemmes.


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–Art by Joel Hohner

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