for grace on the beach


Emily Murman



we are looking for fullness
lying long in the heat
both hungry & not / cheez-its
sticking like shells in the sand
as hovering gulls honk nearby 

we are seeking out shade
shadows sliding over our skin
I’m definitely going to burn &
damn I hope our tattoos
don’t get all splotchy 

we need to find the spot where
lake michigan breaks open
the suffocating midwest
leave our phones on land
walk in & just sit there




Emily Murman is a poet and educator from Chicago. She is currently working on her MFA thesis. Her debut chapbook, SHRIVEL + BLOOM, is forthcoming via Dancing Girl Press in 2021. As of July 2020, she is a reader for Monstering Magazine. Emily can be found on Twitter @emilymurman

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