Susie Swanton’s poetry has appeared in the cream city review and The North Central Review. She performed in the 2009 entry of the Encyclopedia Show in Chicago that featured slices of John Wayne Gacy’s brain.
Eddie opens the front door of their Wisconsin farmhouse and silently says goodbye to his mother. Night air chills his naked face and bare chest under a flannel shirt and cap. He walks miles to the graveyard to read the headstones of women, and sit at their feet thinking what’s beneath the earth, and how good it must taste.