Alternative to Burying Things by Jennifer Conlon

ALTERNATIVE TO BURYING THINGS

A crow lays open
in the field, 
three ants
moving atop
its breast. 
The body has
communicated
death as sweetgrass,
as swerving air. 
Soon the ants
will tell them all. 
The crow a feather-
less need, 
the memory
of unfolding
bone by tender splintering
bone.

Jennifer Conlon holds a MFA from Arizona State University and a BA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She was awarded the 2017 Katherine C. Turner prize from the Academy of American Poets, the 2015-2016 Aleida Rodriguez Memorial Award in Creative Writing, and a 2016 fellowship from The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. Her poems have been published by or are forthcoming in Blue Earth Review, Meridian, Bennington Review, Poetry South, Heavy Feather Review, and elsewhere. Jennifer lives in North Carolina.

Elijah Tubbs