What Were You, Before
by Judith Montgomery

you slipped into your flesh suit, its rosy padding, and zipped it up, little latch throbbing in your throat? A slide of light, sip of mother blood- breath? Until you loosed the pulsing cord to swim into this next world— passage to desire. Incarnate, yielding to succulence and savor—crush of almond marzipan upon the tongue, … Continue reading What Were You, Before
by Judith Montgomery

Apoptosis
by Judith H. Montgomery

Every month her body prepares the scarlet garden, leaf on leaf of nesting cells to plump the shelter, rich red bed stitched with spiral- arteries ready to bear gifts to feed the visitor. And every month one packed golden drop releases, lit seed slipping down the sleek chute until that fortunate fall into the womb’s … Continue reading Apoptosis
by Judith H. Montgomery

The Ferry Keeper
by Judith Montgomery

becomes the only boat. Lays her body flat, bellying black water that sucks below the dock. Her chest a prow, her face the fixed gaze of a figurehead. Steadied against drift, she shivers as her pale ill family clambers in. Stem and stern, they shift from pain to place, wanting not to spill into oblivion. … Continue reading The Ferry Keeper
by Judith Montgomery