A new poem by alumna and current Beebe Fellow Colleen Abel (poetry, ’04) is published online at Four Way Review:

Self Portrait As Teenage Boy Beating Swan

Sometimes you have enough–
the cob, the pen twining

their necks to hearts,
all that fidelity.

The dank pond by the council
flats, like it’s bloody Windermere.

You only wanted to wreck
that love-shape they were making.

After, you sat, sad Zeus, and held
the one you’d caught,

stroking its feathered throat
as if to make it sing.


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