My life is ajar;
a faint baleful light creeps in,
calling a name unknown to me—
an invitation to peace
that disintegrates in my hand.
I observe tiny particulates dance through the air,
to the rhythm of my breath,
and slowly descend to the cold floor:
JOSEPH ELLISON BROCKWAY is a poet, translator, and Spanish professor working on a Ph.D. in Studies of Literature and Translation. He has translated poems from That’s Not How Women Talk by Puerto Rican poet Nemir Matos-Cintrón, and he is currently translating Island Mythical Coffer by Spanish surrealist Eugenio F. Granell. In poetry, Joseph likes to experiment with language and explore his mental divergence to uncover the surreality of human existence. Joseph’s poetry has recently been published in Jalmurra, L’Éphémère Review, The Perch, The Rising Phoenix Review, SurVision Magazine, andSurreal Poetics. Joseph can be found on Facebook and Twitter at @JosephEBrockway.