Isobel O’Hare

Isobel O’Hare is a Pushcart-nominated poet and essayist who has dual Irish and American citizenship. O’Hare is the author of the chapbooks Wild Materials (published in 2015 by Zoo Cake Press) and The Garden Inside Her (published in 2016 by Ladybox Books). She lives in Oakland, California.

 

Blodeuwedd

 

the land is indifferent to her

no point in memorizing the rules

they shift like shafts of light across the mountains                   every time she looks up

the game begins anew

 

some kind of heartbreak machinery

 

the jagged lines of the gorge disorient her vision                     he guides her no more

 

this is a blue field                                                                     a weeping ground

 

every flower                                                                            born from the rot of a woman

 

 

wild girl

 

that’s how she is described: a wild girl.

she was a wild girl. perhaps she laughed

too loudly, easily, at the wrong man.

maybe she bragged about living alone,

off-the-grid—that she would never marry.

this ain’t a courtship, it’s a hunting ground,

whether or not you own these acres here.

her body hides in death as it did in life:

in the backseat of a Volkswagen

so the wife, waving goodbye from the porch,

won’t know that she is along for the ride.

only rabbits darting through the brush

know her blood now, they smell it on the dirt,

they taste sweet droplets as they fall with rain

from sheltering lavender. folks say the sky

is bigger here and so impossibly blue.

 

 

ice fishing

 

doctor pushes slender needle

through flesh of back

 

pppppfishes feel what lake feels

 

scream coming from own mouth

clichéd on operating table

 

            fishes surrender

 

teeth chatter so violent

almost break like delicate china

 

body is shuddering earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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