EKPHRASTIC FEATURE

WEEK TWO


SOUP: Refused

Mandy Barker
"SOUP: Refused" by Mandy Barker Ingredients; marine plastic debris affected by the chewing & attempted ingestion by animals. Includes; toothpaste tube. Additives; teeth from animals.

"SOUP: Refused" by Mandy Barker
Ingredients; marine plastic debris affected by the chewing & attempted ingestion by animals. Includes; toothpaste tube. Additives; teeth from animals.

Afterward

Amy Glynn


Afterward, the roiled
detritus washes up for days, shifting but always stuck in the littoral zone’s

back and forth. No one owns
it and no one can really take it away; it has foiled

all remediation
efforts and it always will. But it does change. Small things accrue

meaning in their accumulation; sharp things do
lose edge to agitation,

and afterward,
the tide recedes across a field of calcium

and vitreous glitter. And plastic means flexible, ductile, and some
say it’s safer that way, or so I’ve heard.

I admit it: I still fail
At being happy enough, though I know what the litter becomes when the tide’s been at it.

When it’s washed and lit
the wreckage can seem like treasure. Thrust a hand in and pull it back bleeding, fist full

of sea glass. I don’t want to sift
through all that any more, it’s only cutting words, and after words

empty shells even the birds
know better than to linger over. They were liars, whoever said a long memory was a gift.