Featured Writer: Poet Rachel Custer’s “The Way to God Runs Through a Panic Attack”

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Rachel Custer

The Way to God

Runs Through a Panic Attack

“Camille (3)” by Alejandro Rosemberg

The doctor warns me against drugs, orders
Ativan by injection. Peace is a heat

in the veins. A chemical seeking
the right man to minister to.

I pulse through the world like the wrong need.

Can any peace be bad? The nurse nods
off on a cot somewhere in a room

behind her eyes where I am not

crying. The last thing we are is alone.
Banging spoons, wobbling saws, off-key

blues, moving anything to make noise.
Somebody might hear, you know.

Somebody might hear. Might turn
their attention our way. Might save us.

 

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:Camille (3)” by Alejandro Rosemberg. Oil on canvas. 19.7 x 14.2 inches. 2013. 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.