about the author

Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom lives just outside of Washington, D.C., where she received an MA in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2008. Her poems and book reviews have appeared in several journals, including Gargoyle, Arsenic Lobster, elimae, Wicked Alice and Lines & Stars, and her electronic chapbook was published by blossombones. She edits the online journal Melusine and can also be found online at jekihlstrom.blogspot.com.

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Crossing Over Lake Michigan

Janelle Elyse Kihlstrom

A line forms over the water,
a passing trick of light.

Now a wide swatch of gunmetal.

What’s opaque is forgiving—
conjuring a little island.

Not thinking of Milwaukee,

a place we’ve never been,
no point of connection.

                    Just the roseglow

on the plane’s wing, the winding
blue trajectory.

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