Guest Poem by Ali Blythe

Ali Blythe is the author of Twoism and Hymnswitch, critically acclaimed collections exploring trans-poetics, His poems and essays are published in national and international literary journals and anthologies, including The Broadview Introduction to Literature, Best Canadian Essays, and Best Canadian Poetry. Blythe is recipient of an honour of distinction from the Writers Trust of Canada for emerging LGBTQ writers. Hymnswitch was named a Top Ten book of the year by the Walrus. Stedfast is forthcoming fall 2023

Still, still

So being in love
is a lake.

The world
turns upside down.

We shatter it
when we dive in.

How dark
it had to become.

To see the unnumbered
sparks on each shook swell.

To feel their gold
hooks fixed in us.