David Lynch’s Maestà
A creature of ragged lichen crawls
toward the manger
but stumbles, red gash of earth bubbling
at its hind legs, dies
in the gold space.
Half-blue, the Madonna gives birth,
but the boy is stillborn. He is a worm
swaddled in his mother’s holy robes.
Above them, angels in brown cloaks hover
in the gray-green distance,
scavenging the industrial breeze.
Hannah Cohen lives in Virginia and is currently pursuing her MFA in poetry at Queens University of Charlotte, where she also serves as an editorial assistant for the magazine Qu. Her work has appeared in december, 3Elements Review and Blue Bonnet Review, including a forthcoming publication in The Tishman Review.
Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. His collages have been published in The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Yellow Chair Review, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash. He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands with Nirala Press. Recently, he was a featured poet at The Mihai Eminescu International Poetry Festival in Craiova, Romania. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.