First Hydrogen Balloon Descends in a Field Outside Paris, August 1783

Dayna Patterson


sky leviathan


blob body




medusa bell escaped from ocean prison



hollow color

                        of afterbirth

                                                 ribbed skin


murderous moon


un monstre sinking         seeks 


our children                 our crops


we don’t need another king

            to crumb us


strike the church bell               donnez l’alarme


aux armes



grab your pitchforks scythes muskets powder horns


call out the hounds


slit bulbous belly, slash

skin-silk through



its vacuous rubber stomach don’t


inhale its last                turpentine gasp


Il est mort, enfin


Let the beast rot in the sun



Dayna Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in AGNI, Passages North, and POETRY, among others. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.