Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick

The Magician and HER
June 24, 2022 Hardwick Shannon Elizabeth

The Magician


This is how you peel back layers of bees / in your throat / this is how moss grows on the north side of trees / in the northern hemisphere / & how you help me unhook the fish / & keep good keep / sitting sweet / you’re growing / up in the wood / there’s a story about becoming / smaller / how / keep pretending / the man is okay he knows magic / ways to see the world / just / do this / now / you’re a big girl.





It is almost spring when they warn her what’s coming


& she remembers



& a whole parish of


mourners take her up the mountain by her hair.

Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick‘s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Salamander Magazine, Salt Hill, Maudlin House, The Texas Observer, PANK, Four Way Review, Harpur Palate, Passages North, among others. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College’s MFA program, Hardwick serves as the poetry editor for The Boiler Journal.