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The Fallow by Megan Neville

Winner of the 2021 Trio Award, selected by Steve Healey

Megan Neville is a writer and educator based in Cleveland, Ohio. Her work has appeared in West Branch, Pleiades,, wildness, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. She was the winner of the 2019 Wick Poetry Center Contest for Peace & Transformation, and has been a finalist or semifinalist for the Write Bloody Book Contest, the Akron Poetry Prize, the Frost Place Chapbook Contest, the Tupelo Press Sunken Garden Chapbook Contest, the YesYes Books 2020 Open Reading Period, and others. In 2021 received a Best of the Net nomination, two nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and a Best New Poets nomination. Megan is also an editorial assistant for Split Lip Magazine. Find her on Twitter @MegNev.





It’s not the stones that let go, but the mortar.

Heat creeps between its particles, pushes

them apart to make room for the holy spirit.

My mother’s womb decomposes in a landfill

& the house where I grew up now homes another

family. Life has scattered from the center of town.

As the spire collapses the world gasps–

memory unearthed in the release, the lack,

the unplanning. Cross my legs & toes turn blue

as all of me at the moment of my birth.

Now that we know the world will end in flame

instead of frost, I cut the inside of my cheek

on my own forked tongue again & again

& the iron of my blood tastes like home.