Auspice 31

Shags line up on the breakwater,         dry their wings like vultures.

What remains is bleached,         femur & rib uprooted         tree /        ship’s timber resting
on stone,         rockweed, & fog.

A doe, likely. The name, Pamela carved into a heart.

The inner bark has the remedy. Peel it away from you & down,         toward the roots.

Summer J. Hart is an interdisciplinary artist from Maine, living in the Hudson Valley, New York. Her written and visual artworks are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. She is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Boomhouse (2022, The 3rd Thing Press) & the microchapbook, Augury of Ash (Post Ghost Press.) Her poetry can be found in Waxwing, The Massachusetts Review, Northern New England Review, Denver Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her mixed-media installations have been featured in galleries including Pen + Brush, NYC; Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ; and LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA. She is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation.