Brett Harrington


We never part
from what

we bury:
we become

the absence
we return to.

Listen. Listen.

The gate
aches open.

Listen. Listen.

Those are
your steps

splinter the ice-
glazed sod.




Brett Harrington’s previous or forthcoming publications include Psaltery & Lyre, Burningword, Ligeia, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Shore, Third Coast, and elsewhere. He was a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net award and lives in the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon.