Emily Bowles is the author of His Journal, My Stella (available from Finishing Line Press: https://www.finishinglinepress.com/product/his-journal-my-stella-by-emily-bowles/). She will serve as the Appleton Public Library’s Artist-in-Residence during the spring of 2019, and she helps organize Appleton’s local poetry reading series, Poetry Unlocked.
Bird Made of Metal/Alchemy
Isis the alchemist has transformed me:
silver spinner, golden-limbed adhesion,
what’s broken becomes metallic, spidery
veins of ore tracing a map of lesions.
What he left behind was not fit for a
bennu bird’s birth. Those ashes smoldering
deadened where they should have sparkled, mica
fooling everyone with its shimmering.
Those bones bent against glass, metal, and dust.
My bones, I forgot when I gathered his,
seeking coherence, meaning. We discussed
how to hold her by her wings, the ibis.
Writing you, I needed Toth, a stylus.
Not to be feathered, flayed, tied by a truss.