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by Corey Ruzicano

time moved on more elegantly

than i’d have liked

its wheels greased with surprising iniquity

i wanted the floor boards to buckle

the breaks to spit sparks in their vigor

but everything swam by


my brother and i drive a foot at a time

crawling forward over the rain-darkened gravel

eyes like saucers

peeled for the sight of salamanders

in their mysterious, perilous pilgrimage

not knowing the danger rolling overhead

not salamanders, actually


if i’m precise

which i sometimes am

soaked to the bone

lap full of lizards

tiny hands and feet

kissing the insides of my elbow,

up and down the backs of my hands

so many small things

are just as hard

to hold


and yet even in the dark

i can see them

the poppies are blooming in california

and it is hard for this heart to stay broken


stay in the not knowing with me

i want to say

at first to you

but more to me

don’t fall for falling

don’t feel for proof

            (where there need not

            can not be any)

orpheus, do not look back

there is more to see than your closed eyelids can offer

this dark is more worth its salt

            pillar or shaker or else

eurydice told me so

shoot straight

you can see the foot in front of you


when you drive in to it

you will see the foot in front of that

and that is enough.


things are not as simple

as the path the crow flies

above from one want to the next

we are winding

and unkempt

but so little survives


            or salt, to be sure


just think of what we can be here

in the dirt.

Corey Ruzicano is a producer/writer/educator from the San Francisco bay area. while pursuing her bfa at emerson college she went through the creative producing program under P. Carl and David Dower, and continues to write for howlwound. she has completed apprenticeships at the lark, the orchard project and the 52nd street project. she has been the creative projects manager of Jeanine Tesori's studio, siena music and a broaderway, where she also teaches writing and leadership to young women. she has managed the intern program at second stage theater and fellowships and awards for new dramatists and aids in making space for writers of all kinds and created community engagement programs for rattlestick playwrights theater. she is the executive producer of words on white, an art and conversation initiative. with all her work, she seeks to empower voices and stories that encourage more empathic communities and a better understanding of one another.


July 2019

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