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Rigging a Chevy into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague 

by Carolyn Hembree

Winner of the 2015 Trio Award, selected by Neil Shepard
Carolyn Hembree's debut poetry collection, Skinny, was published by Kore Press in 2012. Her chapbook, Fever Dreams in Tongues without Skulls, came out from Nous-zōt Press (2015). She is the recipient of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, selected by Stephanie Strickland. Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The JournalPoetry Daily, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Verse Daily, and other publications. Carolyn comes from Tennessee. She is an assistant professor at the University of New Orleans and serves as poetry editor of Bayou.
Carolyn Hembree's debut poetry collection, Skinny,was published by Kore Press in 2012. Her chapbook, Fever Dreams in Tongues without Skulls, came out from Nous-zōt Press (2015). She is the recipient of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, selected by Stephanie Strickland.  Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Journal,Poetry Daily, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Verse Daily, and other publications. Carolyn comes from Tennessee. She is an assistant professor at the University of New Orleans and serves as poetry editor ofBayou.
Carolyn Hembree's debut poetry collection, Skinny,was published by Kore Press in 2012. Her chapbook, Fever Dreams in Tongues without Skulls, came out from Nous-zōt Press (2015). She is the recipient of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, selected by Stephanie Strickland.  Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Journal,Poetry Daily, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Verse Daily, and other publications. Carolyn comes from Tennessee. She is an assistant professor at the University of New Orleans and serves as poetry editor ofBayou.
Carolyn Hembree's debut poetry collection, Skinny,was published by Kore Press in 2012. Her chapbook, Fever Dreams in Tongues without Skulls, came out from Nous-zōt Press (2015). She is the recipient of the 2015 Marsh Hawk Press Rochelle Ratner Memorial Award, selected by Stephanie Strickland.  Her work has appeared in Colorado Review, The Journal,Poetry Daily, The Southern Poetry Anthology, Verse Daily, and other publications. Carolyn comes from Tennessee. She is an assistant professor at the University of New Orleans and serves as poetry editor ofBayou.

Did the Universe Have a Beginning, and If So, What Happened Before Then?

 

Then. It took

off. An ark

was the ribcage

of a horse a

dog drags and gnaws

and drags past

a world of curs

left behind.

An afterlife

was the costume

of a blue jay.

Yes, I found it.

Now. Put it on.

This. This. This.

 

Previously published in DIAGRAM, 12.4