Zackary Medlin

 In Name of Violence

name me
one of
the dead
or nothing

without thinking
the tragedy’s victims
seem like fever dreams
you know that happened

except you
in a bed
for years
alone enough

you wake up hollowed
too much a barren
absorbing the ichor
to bake this bread

if we count
then we count
we do not add
we do not count

our thoughts enough
bodies separate silently
anything but a maelstrom
names as something else

our bodies
let them be
as nothing
we can name

our flourishing ardors
vicious with one another
we’ve known ourselves
ourselves a type of violence

Author Portrait

Zackary Medlin was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, but currently resides in Fairbanks, Alaska. He is a recipient of an AWP Intro Journals Project award and holds a MA and MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His work has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in Mid-American Review and Almost Five Quarterly.