WE ARE MERMAIDS (1)
October 6, 2022
We are pleased to excerpt four poems from HILOBROW friend Stephanie Burt’s new collection, We Are Mermaids (published this month by Graywolf Press). Lavendar Arseny has illustrated each poem in our series with an original photograph.
Not the sense of standing alone
in front of a microphone,
but the adjustments of playing along
with a more experienced band.
Not the fear of representing
an establishment, but of representing it
of being inundated and then shipped
The scallops whose breathing
tubes pop up
above the receding salt water,
through the overlaps of sand.
The fear you’ll sink like a skipped stone.
The past, as it grows
away from you, is thickening.
The young reader in the too-often-washed
Avengers T-shirt with the collar cut out had
“How do you deal with the fear of existing?”
The insubstantial feeling
that came to you then, the vertigo,
and the quickening.
“Miami” from We Are Mermaids. Copyright © 2022 by Stephanie Burt. Reprinted with the permission of Graywolf Press, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
WE ARE MERMAIDS: “Miami” | “Boeing 757s, Airbus 320s, an Embraer 190” | “Hymn to Youth” | “Love Poem with Comic Books on Saturdays”.
Lavendar Arseny is a creative photographer. They are autistic and nonbinary, and they collect stuffed animals. Find them here.
STEPHANIE BURT at HILOBROW: KEEPERS (10 poems) | GENO (EPIC WINS series) | NO KILL I (KIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM series) | ENTANGLEMENT (HERMENAUTIC TAROT series) | HAPPY BIRTHDAY (QUIRK YOUR ENTHUSIASM series) | FEIJOA (GROK MY ENTHUSIASM) | DAMAGE CONTROL (#SQUADGOALS) | UNISEX (WOWEE ZOWEE) | D&D EARRINGS (FLAIR) | KITTY PRYDE RETURNS (SERIOCOMIC) | IMAGINARY FRIEND (CARBONA YOUR ENTHUSIASM) | X-MEN (FERB YOUR ENTHUSAISM) | SEA ANEMONE (BESTIARY) | SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE (KICK YOUR ENTHUSIASM).
CURATED SERIES at HILOBROW: LINOCUT 2022 by Lawry Hutcheson | PULP WAVE by Charles Leech | DRAWING TABLE WORLD by Theo Ellsworth | PARAMAX by Max Glenn | YUKO ODA by Yuko Oda | PLAGUE YEAR by Rick Pinchera | NOOSFERA by Charles Glaubitz | A SILENT HALLUCINATION by Alex Gerasev | BUNNY CITY by Gary Panter | HOP UP by Lucy Sante | HERE BE MONSTERS by Mister Reusch | DOWNTOWNE by Bradley Peterson | OUTBOUND TO MONTEVIDEO by Mimi Lipson | STERANKOISMS by Douglas Wolk | COOLING OFF THE COMMOTION by Chenjerai Kumanyika | UNFLOWN by Jacob Covey | ADEQUATED by Franklin Bruno | PINAKOTHEK by Lucy Sante | BIGFOOT ISLAND by Michael Lewy | DAILY DRUMPF by Rick Pinchera | WINDS OF MAGIC by James Parker | MUSEUM OF FEMORIBILIA by Lynn Peril | ROBOTS + MONSTERS by Joe Alterio | ANNOTATED GIF by Kerry Callen | NOMADBROW by Erik Davis | & many others.