is lightning broth. What should be salt
sears electric. Fear of holes is (&this is
recent) a thing—related fears include caves
coves, trapdoor-bellies of bombers, wombs.
I’ve a fear of basements &blue tents &butnot
shell casings—a fear of photos (mostly close-
ups of Demi Moore’s pores &also of lotus seed
pods &oaken doors without knobs) &butnot
the odd, exotic spot where a yanked tooth
was. I fear most a certain type of recurring
shifting aperture it does no good to predict
or avoid. Example: the scalloped glint
of cloudslits whence I have seen terrifying
babies fall, riced into a fine sleet.
Kirsten Kaschock is the author of three books of poetry: Unfathoms (Slope Editions), A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Ahsahta Press), and The Dottery, winner of the Donald Hall Prize for poetry from AWP (University of Pittsburgh Press). Her debut novel, Sleight, a work of speculative fiction, was published by Coffee House Press. A chapbook WindowBoxing is out from Bloof Books. She has earned PhDs from the University of Georgia in English and from Temple University in dance and has taught creative writing at the University of Georgia, the University of the Arts, Muhlenberg College, and St. Lawrence University. She is the editor-in-chief of thINKing DANCE (an online consortium of Philadelphia dance writers) and is on faculty at Drexel University.