Gleah Powers
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Pre-Linguistic Bones

Hunt in the desert I’m wearing my cut off jeans and a brown suede vest
Taking my rifle in the heart of the desert there are wild pigs
Crack the desert floor heat waves through the saguaros the orange blossom smell
Pre-linguistic bones smooth and shaped by the desert grew like a cactus
Attract a lover? The cactus flowers bloom but prickly can’t be touched
Two young murdered girls, a murdered dog named Boris drowned in the desert
No one can see you at the bottom of the pool doing cannonballs
Kidney shaped water flagstone deck yellow windbreak girls sunbathed all day
Dry air stark sunlight the girls ate soda crackers for food, mostly salt
A tennis ball floats soaked with chlorine and acid up from the bottom

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Gleah Powers traveled to Mexico City in her early 20s to attend art school and worked as a performer dancing on top of a baby grand piano in a nightclub act. When she returned to the States, she continued her art studies at California Institute of the Arts, after which she moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre, studying acting, singing and dance. She returned to making art, and when the content of her paintings became more and more narrative, she turned to writing. At first, she wrote plays: monologues and one-acts which she staged with actors and directors or performed herself in a series of dramatic readings. Fiction and poetry became her next focus, receiving an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles where she is an adjunct faculty member. Her work has appeared in print and online in KYSO Flash, riverSedge, The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Red Savina Review, Southwestern American Literature, Prime Number Magazine and other literary journals.

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