Medium by Ann DeVilbiss

A hand, eggshell white,
hangs over the chair’s arm
in a stillness that draws out the dead.

Where before she seemed
ordinary, now she flickers
as though lit with a faulty bulb.

The room perches on the rise
of each shallow breath,
and she begins to speak.

The rough brogue that issues
from her delicate throat
is not her own.

Near the barn,
under shallow earth.

While she speaks, her body
is taut like a marionette.
After, it is limp, heavy.

She can never remember,
her eyes covered by the veil
as she throws it open.

She cedes
her waking hours
to the dead.

Ann DeVilbiss has a BA in English from Indiana University. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Day One, and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Pangyrus. She is the recipient of an Emerging Artist Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Louisville, KY.

If she could, which dead celebrity would Ann resurrect for a day? “If I could resurrect any dead celebrity, I’d bring back Marlene Dietrich and have her tell me all her secrets.”

Art — Philip King lives with his partner, cat, and two plants in Portland, Oregon. He is in the process of editing his first novel and creating his first graphic novel, and his work has been featured in the Portland State University VanguardPathos Literary MagazineAnnex Zine, and Literary Brushstrokes. He has displayed work at the Saatchi Gallery in London, England, the Todd Art Gallery in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and in Portland at the AB Gallery, the MK Gallery, the Sugar Cube, St. Johns Racquet Center, the Littman Gallery, Synesthesia Festival, NextNorthwest, Splendorporium, and the Holocene. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Practices from Portland State University in 2016.

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