27 January 2010 | Vol. 9, No. 4

After Phosphorescence

A smack of jellyfish gelatinizes

the beach: man-o-war

blue bottles pop from hot

sand: tide churns these alien

bodies: we wonder why we

gather and destruct: category 4

of shellfish: gulls slope

above a shanty where

a lone red-faced man

with tarred feet collects sand

dollars: the shrimp boat

he watches is being lifted

by thousands of wings: how

we can release ourselves:

About the authors:

Nellie Bellows is a recent MFA graduate of Vermont College. She has poems forthcoming in Gulf Coast, and was published in the 2005 Grolier Poetry Prize. She is the assistant poetry editor for Fringe Magazine, and currently works and writes in North Carolina.

Kevin McLellan has recent or forthcoming poems in journals including: Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Drunken Boat, Exquisite Corpse, Hunger Mountain, Interim, Southern Humanities Review, and others. His chapbook Round Trip, a collaborative series with numerous poets, is forthcoming from Seven Kitchens. Kevin teaches creative writing at the University of Rhode Island (Providence), yet he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For further reading:

See the complete list of work by Kevin McLellan at 42opus. Browse the contents of 42opus Vol. 9, No. 4, where "After Phosphorescence" ran on January 27, 2010. List other work with these same labels: poetry, collaboration.

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