Issue No. 13, Summer 2015

The Artist Has a Powerful Hunger
or
The Artist Feels as Though She Can Fly

Alicia Elkort

When I got out of bed
this morning,
I thought only
about whether to have
Quinoa porridge
with raisins or blueberries,
and how much butter
was too much.

As the porridge
warmed,
I went outside to look
at the sky.
When I looked up,
I saw a cloud shaped
like a marshmallow, just ripe
from the fire. Reflexively,
I opened my mouth.

That’s when it happened.
I swallowed a crow
whole,
didn’t even
need to burp.


An emerging poet living and writing in California, Alicia Elkort has worked in the film industry for over 16 years and is currently producing a documentary on prayer. She edited and contributed to the chapbook, Creekside, published under the auspices of the Berkeley Poetry Review where she also served as an editor. She earned a B.A. degree in literature from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology with an Emphasis in Consciousness, Health and Healing. Her poems have appeared in Ishaan Literary Review, Red Paint Hill Quarterly, and Elsewhere Literary Review.