POETRY November 9, 2018

Consider a Swollen Heart

by Alec Prevett

Not metaphorically swollen           like a person swollen with guilt          envy     love          No
We’re talkin’ a truly    bulgingbeating          thing             A hen              beheaded   body   still
escaping A fawn           in a drainage ditch     balloon belly           of  methane  What  would  it
sound like Footsteps                   in an old house                     A bird trapped inside a taut drum
Knives thrown again                            and again into a tree trunk               Imagine  it  in  your
hand               Did you hear me I said Imagine            a heart in your hand              Yes    it    is
beating           in fact              It is beating        for you          Whatifitstops?           Would    you
help it Curl      your spindly fingers ‘round Squeeze          Squeeze         Squeeze Like juicin’ a
lemon you haven’t      yet       divided           into hemispheres         Would you help a heart get
back on its feet Give it twenty            dollars                      Let it crash on your couch      If     a
swollen heart               were tied to the train tracks             If a swollen heart      and your sister
were dangling                        from a cliff       If a swollen heart               had a snake     bite  on
its ass               If a swollen heart needed        a blood transfusion                         and you were
the only                       viable donor             If a swollen         heart   If                   a swollen  If

Alec Prevett is pursuing an MFA in fiction from Georgia State University. Their work has previously appeared in Booth, Okay Donkey, Every Pigeon, and a few other wonderful places. They live in Atlanta with a chubby cat named Patches. You can read more of Alec’s work at alecprevett.com.
Alec Prevett is pursuing an MFA in fiction from Georgia State University. Their work has previously appeared in Booth, Okay Donkey, Every Pigeon, and a few other wonderful places. They live in Atlanta with a chubby cat named Patches. You can read more of Alec's work at alecprevett.com.