71% of the Earth’s Surface
Immersed, objects are closer—new—
when wet. The alien examines. A wad of gum
sinks into a fountain, liquid mass
With the right conditions
water will take on any shape: sculptures and cubes
pools steam and falls.
He travels to see what he can—from big bodies to ponds—practices
until flick and release the rock walking on water
is second nature.
At home, he fills different containers
¾ to the top, ½ empty, ¼ left—
drops various items, studies
blankets and waves and force fold in explode out.
A butter knife taps each glass a different note
each note contained movement.
Small stars of air appear as water sits, pop
as the cup tips.
The alien brings multiple kettles to a boil. Whistles sound off
until the liquid is gone,
bubbled past high
specific heat. The kitchen full of clouds
About the writer:
Natalie Young is a founding editor for the poetry magazine Sugar House Review. By day, she works as an art director for an ad agency based out of Salt Lake City. These poems are part of a manuscript that mixes factual scenery and history with speculative fiction, in order to explore peculiarities in human nature, culture, and environment. Poems from this series have been published in Green Mountains Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Rattle, South Dakota Review, Drunken Boat, Pilgrimage, Spillway, and others. Natalie is left-handed, half Puerto Rican, and a fan of Carol Burnett and broccoli.
Image: “Gila Mountain Stream Bed”” by Andrew Marshall. Watercolor on paper. 12 X 12 inches. By permission.
About the artist:
Andrew Marshall is a painter, writer, and photographer. His paintings, photographs, essays, and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in OPEN: Journal of Arts and Letters, The Offbeat Magazine, Gravel Magazine, Trampset Magazine, The Raven’s Perch, Junto Magazine, West Texas Literary Review, Upventur.com, and Backpackinglight.com. Marshall’s work across all mediums is concerned with texture, light, atmosphere, moment, and man’s interaction with nature. He has lived in some beautiful places: the southern Appalachian mountains, the desert southwest, and now the eastern Sierra Nevadas. That beauty finds its way into his work. Marshall is a backpacker, mountain biker, and paddler. He’s trying to learn to boulder but he’s better at walking in a straight line than he is at climbing up a rock. Andrew Marshall has been living as a full time creator since the summer of 2017. Marshall is a featured artist at O:JA&L.