Manzano Mountain Review is an online New Mexico literary journal affiliated with UNM-Valencia.

Flight 

by Kathryn V. Jacopi 

The road paved hard under two-door trucks
bleached by sizzle and over exposure
rivers over miles of country.
Flanked by daughters, 5 and 7
picked up just that morning.
Must be going, start the job tomorrow.
A bird lands on the wire guardrail.
They point, they cry, they’re pulled along.
The bird’s negative space for the sky.
 
*
Slatted sunlight, no shoes
head bowed, cold fingers dig his neck.
She cartwheeled in the driveway
before the blackout
before the shovel
before her sister brained a bird
And pulled out the feathers.
 
*
Three homes, five years.
Her hair is short.
Her fingers didn’t heal straight.
She sneaks a cigarette
in the woods behind the house.
She snuffs the smoke
under bare foot, picks up a rock.
 
    

An adjunct professor for Fairfield University English Department, Kathryn V. Jacopi's writing has appeared in Cease, Cows, Statorec, Fjords Review, and Hysteria Anthology. She has a poem forthcoming in Pudding Magazine. Her poem "Soapbox" received first place for the Hysteria 2016 poetry contest.