two poems

by Derek Berry


Mandala for a Rotten Liver

Ruin is a family heirloom.
Puke even, stepped in last night, is a pattern.
Jukebox stutter or bourbon bruise.

Bruised rhythmic swig, gin-tinged puke
patterned after the dodged question, juked
ruin. Shame still genetically encoded, a looming

pattern. An insistent bruise,
abloom dark as last night’s ruin.
Jukebox-broken, puddle-puked

family. Bruised
-ego stutter. Genetic mandala
helix, a ritual, a puked
-up prayer, a list
of symptoms: read through jukebox
offerings, choose any song that sounds like

Derek Berry is the author of the forthcoming poetry chapbooks Good Ghost: Alive & Intact (PRA Publishing 2018) & Skinny Dipping with Strangers (2013), as well as the novel Heathens and Liars of Lickskillet County (PRA Publishing, 2016). Their previous work has appeared or is forthcoming in Glint Journal, Lemonstar Magazine, Rabid Oak, RiverSedge, and other journals. They are the co-founder of literary non-profit The Unspoken Word. They are the editor of Good Juju Review and co-host of the creative writing podcast Contribute Your Verse.
Artwork by: Haiiileen

First-generation Cuban-American and Miami native Haiiileen is an interdisciplinary artist known for her neo-acid experimental site-specific installations and sculptures that span through several different mediums and facets. Her dedication to the local artistic community fuels her capacity to create and tear down the boundaries that have yet to be explored within her own mind. Her artistic practice stems from her synesthetic vision, allowing her to create a combustion of sound, light, and color with the intention of transporting her viewers to transcendent alternate worlds. Haiiileen continuously exhibits her ability to create thought-provoking material that provides a deep expression and experimental approach to our environmental perceptions and conventional ideas of reality through her work.