Holly Day – 2 poems

The Anniversary


Years later, they will speak of this anniversary

as though it had happened to other people, neighbors, perhaps.

They will speak lightly of her hospitalization


gloss over the details, mention her minor head trauma

the problems he had had with his temper

back then, in the past.


Their children will glare pointedly at each other

over the heads of the assembled party guests

because one of them should have intervened


someone was supposed to have been here.








The bird hides inside, tucked inside my ribcage

too rotten to present. Bodies twist, limbs flail

but I didn’t come.


Dark and black and wet, he’s swimming

in the sweat of other women, rotten

to the heart. The bird is in here, barely visible

in the sick hot summer, intent on


murdering angels.

Even through the cigarette smoke and birthday cologne

he’s in my heart—I can smell him.




Holly Day’s poetry has recently appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction, Grain, and Harvard Review. Her newest poetry collections are In This Place, She Is Her Own (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press),  A Wall to Protect Your Eyes (Pski’s Porch Publishing), Folios of Dried Flowers and Pressed Birds (, Where We Went Wrong (Clare Songbirds Publishing), Into the Cracks (Golden Antelope Press), and Cross Referencing a Book of Summer (Silver Bow Publishing), while her newest nonfiction books are Music Theory for Dummies and Tattoo FAQ.

By Heavenly Flower Publishing

Bindweed Magazine publishes two anthologies each year: Midsummer Madness and Winter Wonderland. Bindweed is run as a not for profit, labour of love endeavour by an author/poet couple: Leilanie Stewart and Joseph Robert. Bindweed can be found at

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