Ripped Gills Atomized into Lightning by Juliet Cook & j/j hastain

We both collapse at the same time

and upon awakening into

an uncanny network of live lights,

we see the tightrope

turning into razor wire.

Heavy voltage electricity through

which another new life form

might emerge. A flying guillotine

with flames for hands. A pet

that nobody can handle.

A pinch on the kangaroo pouch

turns a cocoon into a hurricane

which a gorgon with lengthy curls

is spitting into someone else's

hip flask. Broken hip bones

have strength too, but only for

those of us willing to bargain with

what is just outside of our reach.

Love can be hard to believe in

when you keep on losing it,

but listen. Even if you falter,

even if you fall off this tightrope,

I will keep you alive.

Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and dark red explosions. She is drawn to poetry, abstract visual art, and other forms of expression. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications. You can find out more at

j/j hastain is a collaborator, writer and maker of things. j/j performs ceremonial gore. Chasing and courting the animate and potentially enlivening decay that exists between seer and singer, j/j hopes to make the god/dess of stone moan and nod deeply through the waxing and waning seasons of the moon.