82. Respiratory System
—a poem by Joseph Osel

a precursor
a people
chamber the clefts
the apertures
the walls of
young gills
the primitive form
decomposed or burned
an unweaned child
taken into the lungs
then expelled
as man

Joseph Osel is a critical theorist, poet and Editor of Imperative Papers. Forthcoming books include Catastrophe-In-Miniature: Poetry in Fatal Tense (2017), Savannas (2018) and Revolutionary-Antiracism (2018).Access his complete bibliography-prospectus.