Iterations of the Spine

danielle Susi



Blood seam broken

on symmetrical shell


Torsion: the gut, twisted. Mouth in spires.


Are you the twin of the twin of the twin

Night inked with haunts of them


This shell has a name. I repeat its name.

splits like the clavicle


As much damage as an ocean can cause, a river hits again. Floods quicker. Tell me, when

is a field marked fallow. In tribute, pulsing lake.


If I shall be deemed eternally unwell

let them give you my body


Shrouded in my arms

All my thumb found was rivulet and rill

A river always ends at a mouth



Danielle Susi is the author of the chapbook The Month in Which We Are Born (dancing girl press, 2015). Her writing has appeared in Knee-Jerk Magazine, Hobart, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. Her full-length manuscript A River Always Ends at a Mouth, has been selected as a semi-finalist for both the Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize at Persea Books and the Hudson Prize at Black Lawrence Press. She received her MFA in writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives and works in Utah. Her Twitter/Instagram handle is @daniellesusi. Also find her work at

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