Issue No. 13, Summer 2015

The Artist Has a Powerful Hunger
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
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
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.