After a lithograph by Kat Lowe
Kat coats metal with thick black ink,
then takes paper and plates to press;
she rolls them under blankets meant
to swaddle, not smother. On paper,
she smiles atop a giant god-lizard,
perches high on its tight back
of feathery gills. The beast drives
hard through etched dry leaves,
trees and road-dust bending,
bowing, blowing away.
Tyler Robert Sheldon is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of First Breaths of Arrival (Oil Hill Press, 2016), and the forthcoming Traumas (Yellow Flag Press, 2017). His poetry, fiction, and reviews have appeared in Quiddity International Literary Journal, The Midwest Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Coal City Review, The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, The Dos Passos Review, Entropy Magazine, The Big Nasty Press, and other venues. He holds a BA and an MA in English from Emporia State University, and is an MFA candidate at McNeese State University. View his work at tyrsheldon.wixsite.com/trspoetry.