VIEW FROM A LOCKED ROOM

Jude Marr

I see reflections of insanity 

in window-glass: yard shadows coalesce: dis-

tended fruit depends from every tree: out of emptiness

I conjure cardiac anomalies—


tortured branches twist: my wrist-

pulse is percussive (blood and gristle in a fight

for width): gate bang’s a whip-smart gust 

of yesterday’s excessive trust in wit—


I pace, believing in infinities 

of cherry trees: their wounds ooze sap—a soft- 

barked army, waiting 

for the ax—but underground, their roots commune


my solitary cell contracts: window bars resemble

railroad track—


in a locked room, my head rests

against dead wood: I will, when orchard noises

cease, send to the city for seed. 


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Jude Marr is a Pushcart-nominated nonbinary poet who writes to survive. Jude’s first full-length collection, We Know Each Other By Our Wounds, came out from Animal Heart Press in 2020 and they also have a chapbook, Breakfast for the Birds, from Finishing Line Press in 2017. Their work has appeared in many journals, including Kissing Dynamite, Cherry Tree, Harbor Review and SWWIM. Jude recently relocated back to the UK after 10 years of living, teaching, and learning in the US.