Good Morning, I too am learning something new today

by Devin Kelly

outside the tutor is teaching everyone how
to love I cannot hear his words but walk down
the stairs to the smell of smoke anything can be

a sentence he says it just depends on where
you place the period hello teacher a student asks
can my arms be a sentence if I stretch them

long enough the tutor nods & then becomes
a cloud which we all do someday when the cloud
above our dying falls as rain which then melts

toward earth which then admits us as soft as it
will allow which is why we call it mother hello
are you there none of this happened I am just

trying to divine better & less vacant words for love
you’re growing tired of my poetry just as I am
growing tired of myself did you hear the story

of the woman who married the dolphin & still
let him flirt with all the other dolphins & make
little dolphin babies this world is more a prairie

than a sentence it stretches on under light
until it folds into itself every day I teach myself
how to love I wake up & open my eyes I say

it is okay if you only want to touch yourself
today I say around the corner is the coffee
for a dollar put on those pants that fit too loose

& the shirt with all the holes & make of your
body a stranger you desire to learn as you would
history as you would a song as you would another

Devin Kelly is is the author of the books Blood on Blood (Unknown Press), and In This Quiet Church of Night, I Say Amen (CCM), and the winner of a Best of the Net Prize. He is the Interviews Editor for Full Stop and co-hosts the Dead Rabbits Reading Series in New York City. He works as an afterschool director in Queens, teaches at the City College of New York, and lives in Harlem.

Artwork by: Emily Wiethorn

Emily Wiethorn (b.1991) is a photographic artist currently based in Lincoln, NE where she will graduate with her MFA in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she is an Instructor of Record and holds a Graduate Teaching Assistantship. She received her BFA in Photography from Northern Kentucky University. She has most recently been awarded the 2017 SPE Student Award for Innovations in Imaging, was a Critical Mass finalist in 2017, a finalist for The Texas Photographic Society’s National Photography Award, and is a featured artist in the spring 2018 issue of PDNedu. Her work has been published online with Musee Magazine, Lenstratch, Loosen Art, among others. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in China and Italy. She works primarily in self-portraiture where she explores notions of feminine identity, societal constructs of femininity, and self-discovery.

Instagram: @emily.wiethorn