The first plush

milky hollow

where the tongue

never rests

learns fire, drought,

and flood, yields

only at the end,

opens, opens, opens.


Billings, Montana, resident, Cara Chamberlain has published poetry in numerous journals, including Slipstream, Tar River Poetry, and Boston Review, as well as two collections: Hidden Things (FootHills Publishing 2009) and The Divine Botany (Word Poetry 2015). Her poetry is forthcoming in Nimrod and Stone Boat as well in a new collection, Lament of the Antichrist in a Secular World and Other Poems (Word Poetry 2017).