It’s The Simple Things, Allison McKenzie
Again the squid that swallows light
has no shadow. It flickers
in and out of sight in the
inexorably slow click of a zoetrope
spinning itself out in pictures.
A full day and night before the squid
blinks with bioluminescence
again, counterilluminates light above
with light below until there is nothing between;
ignis fatuus, a magic lantern
stuttering out slides of a burned city,
alit in this frame and not in the next;
in flames that come after the fire,
ashes of light coughed up on the ocean floor.
About the Artist
Allison McKenzie, Northeastern University
Allison McKenzie is a psychology major at Northeastern University. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.