RACHEL MINDELL is the author of Like a Teardrop and a Bullet (Dancing Girl Press) and rib and instep: honey (forthcoming from above/ground). Individual poems have appeared (or will) in Pool, DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, BOAAT, Interim, Forklift, Ohio, The Journal, Sundog Lit and elsewhere. She works for Submittable.

LUCKY RABBIT ON THE SPIT AND WHO WILL EAT HER

When E is gone
and left
who will I be?

I spin wifeless,
lifespan, linen.
I breath intervals.

I go down aces.
I flip skinflint,
fur hat, ashcan.

She turns wood.
I’m one branch
took to pieces:

prick knot bark
stake stave wand
slat bar twig

post mast peg
shoot shrub switch.
Hard and slight.

I can’t make
of these arms
for anyone.

Flammable
against my will,
very warm

then cold again.
Very warm, less
cold, lesser still.

RACHEL MINDELL is the author of Like a Teardrop and a Bullet (Dancing Girl Press) and rib and instep: honey (forthcoming from above/ground). Individual poems have appeared (or will) in Pool, DIAGRAM, Bombay Gin, BOAAT, Interim, Forklift, Ohio, The Journal, Sundog Lit and elsewhere. She works for Submittable.