by Joanna C. Valente
Who was your first love?
My only dream is a bodiless hand
stroking a child, canyon for a face
Have you seen the dead?
We are a carriage of hummingbirds
When did you become a mother?
On the Q, a boy took a feather out
of his mother’s coat, put it in the palm
of her hand
When did you stop believing in God?
Make 12 an hour, chalk it up
to life experience
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams, forthcoming from Aldrich Press in late 2014. She is also the Founding & Chief Editor of Yes Poetry, as well as a columnist for Luna Luna Magazine. In her spare time, she is a mermaid.