A Mind Full of Stars

by Bridget Kelley-Lossada

The desert cools for me --

I want to bathe in the delta silt
until I am the river
sparkling with stolen gold.

They have become like their god
fearful of a single woman --

masquerading as sons of heaven

I feel their violence
thickening --

an oyster is broken open.

        for Hypatia of Alexandria

Bridget Kelley-Lossada is a writer of poetry and fiction from Los Angeles, California. Her poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies including Invisible Plane (Spout Graphic Press), Blue Arc West: An Anthology of California Poets (Tebot Bach), and the online journal Moondance.

When asked to name her favourite fruit, she replied, "I loved pomegranates when I was a little girl, so glittery and messy. I think I love the blackberry now for its intensity."

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