Kathleen Hellen's latest poetry collection is The Only Country Was the Color of My Skin. She lives in Baltimore.

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The Vast

by Kathleen Hellen 01-31-2022
A poem.
Illustration of a single, large rose caught in a storm in a wheat field

Illustration by Ric Carrasquillo

the vast

              and all its definitions had dumbfounded. I bit the hand
that fed imagination, took

for pestilence, the flies. For end-of-world, the gully washers.
I shook in handfuls
petals fetched from