Julien Strong

Each year I lose a little more of it,the spaces between the vertebraeslowly sighing closedlike an accordion that aftera full day of playing danceslets out a long atonal breath—the exhalationof every song it ever madeas the musician preparesto lay the instrumentgently in its box.

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Julien Strong is the author of four books, including the poetry collections The Mouth of Earth (University of Nevada Press) and Tour of the Breath Gallery (Texas Tech University Press). Their poetry has appeared widely, including in The Nation, The Southern Review, Poetry Daily, River Styx, Southwest Review, and The Sun. An Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Central Connecticut State University, they live in Hamden, CT. Website: www.julien-strong.com

Spring 2023

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Louisiana State University

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