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Diamond Beach—Garrett Lemons


—George McDermott​


No twos in digital

           space, only zeros

                        and ones,

           on or off, male

     or female, binary code.

But when up becomes right

           and wrong becomes

                       left and down

           cracks to nothing beneath

                       your feet, how brief

the fall, how final

     the mercy of its end.


Hysterical voices calling names, pulsing

           lights on twisted faces,

     the distortion of shape and shading,

           time and alignment. Can you count

                       the things you left behind?

           When do the things you left behind

     become the things you’ve lost?

Terminal Velocity

The cry of a fox

            in the night, like the sound

     of an old woman weeping.

And then we weep

           in siren screams,

           the air itself

     dark and heavy.

George McDermott’s poetry has recently appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Clarion, Painted Bride Quarterly, Toho Journal, New Southerner, and Passengers Journal, as well as in the Philadelphia Inquirer. His first collection, Pictures, Some of Them Moving, was published by Moonstone Press in 2018. He is also coauthor of the nonfiction book What Went Right (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017), a conversation about the successes and missteps of public education in the United States.

Garrett Lemons is an aspiring author and photographer constantly amazed at the wild wonders of the word and world.


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