Featured Writer: Poet Rachel Custer’s “Rapture/Anxiety”

Rachel Custer



“Dream Series: No.1” by Alejandro Rosemberg


On Youtube, I search for the end of the world
and find mass die-offs of fish, beaches still

writhing in places, desperation
and silver scales flashing like mirrors

in the sun. See me in their gasping.
Headline: we are all of us swimming

toward our last beach. A tsunami is coming
for the West Coast very soon. A tsunami

is coming for the East Coast very soon.
Yellowstone bubbles for the center

like a salivating mouth. Everything unimaginable
is happening worldwide and soon. Best truth

we can hope for is a shadow civil war.
The President could be a good man.

Could a good man have stolen
an airplane and flown it into the ground,

taking only his own life? This is true news,
I quickly stop the feed. Headline:

you can’t believe your eyes. I can’t believe oligarchs
crave the blood of a child, what powerful men

are saying with their hands. Fish
still throw themselves toward that beach.

I can’t believe my eyes because this timeline
is not where I began, there’s a wolf

where the Lion should be laying down
with the Lamb. Science is conjuring

a Portal to Hell. You can’t believe your eyes:
fallen angels are waking, are tearing

their evil ways up from a hollow
Earth. In Africa the ground rips open

for miles. Something prophetic is coming
true. Something Biblical is coming

true. Something unimaginable is coming
true you won’t believe your eyes.


About the writer:
Rachel Custer‘s first full-length collection, The Temple She Became, is available from Five Oaks Press. Other work has previously been published or is forthcoming in Rattle, OSU: The Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, B O D Y, [PANK], and The Antigonish Review. Rachel Custer is the O:JA&L “Featured Writer” for February 2019. On February 13, 2019, Rachel Custer officially became a recipient of a 2019 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image:Dream Series: No.1” by Alejandro Rosemberg. Oil on canvas on hardboard. 11.8 x 23.6 inches. 2008. By permission.Rosemberg is a hyperrealist painter. Rosemberg is from Buenos Aires where he paints and teaches classical techniques. He attended the National University of Codoba Art School where he received his degree on Fine Arts in Painting. He continued his study of classical painting based on the Italian Great Masters Tradition with Maestro Claudio Bogino. Alejandro Rosemberg is the O:JA&L “Featured Artist” for February 2019.