N O T E S   T O W A R D   A   T H E O R Y   O F   S U R V I V A L

​​for example, nightjars lay eggs directly on the ground

listen to whispers
old lady neighbor going mad daily
silence from windows)

or piano                            or violin 
or morphine

goatsuckers take milk       
from wherever it can be found

in the kitchen, always a meritocracy

mother who will get the liver 
who will get the bones

bones are worth something
bowl of broth                 something to gnaw on

bits tucked in linen handkerchiefs for later              

when is later? later is hunger is always is now

​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

Lizi Gilad is a first-generation American of Mexican and Israeli descent. Her work can be found in Dum Dum Zine, Forklift Ohio, Poor Claudia, Real Pants, the Volta blog, and YEW. She has poems forthcoming in Menacing Hedge. She is the author of Hyperion (Big Lucks, forthcoming 2015) and drip, drip (BOAAT, 2016)

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