Joris Soeding

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Of Shift As Spectator

Erasure poem of Mary Shelley’s story, “Transformation.”

the secrets of Genoa remember my lives
mortal motives left under a rock
I was eleven, arrogant
pardoned in my lands of every pleasure
I was lurking by the display of lovers
a brief whirlwind, desperate, and lawless
discern the prayers I muttered in the distorted breeze
manifestations forgive me as guests part
I hesitated, my body stolen
beside me hovered wants, this change


Joris Soeding’s most recent book of poetry is Home in Nine Moons (Clare Songbirds Publishing House, 2018). Soeding’s writing has appeared in publications such as Another Chicago MagazineColumbia Poetry ReviewConcho River ReviewNight Garden Journal, and Red River Review. He is a 7th/8th grade Social Studies teacher in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, son, and daughter.

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