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

Ciara Shuttleworth's poetry has been published in journals and anthologies, including The New Yorker, The Norton Introduction to Literature 11e, Ploughshares, and The Southern Review. Shuttleworth received an MFA in poetry from University of Idaho and was The Jack Kerouac Project of Orlando's 51st resident at Jack Kerouac House. Shuttleworth's poetry chapbook, Night Holds Its Own (Blue Horse Press), is now available, and her gonzo prose book, 4500 Miles: Taking Jack Back on the Road (Humanitas Media Publishing), is forthcoming. Her website is www.ciarashuttleworth.com

C I A R A   S H U T T L E W O R T H

T H E   M A T C H M A K E R ' S   M O T H S

  “Meet ‘em in a bar, lose ‘em in a bar.”
        —Old Irish Proverb/my father

To flip the switch 
at the exact moment
when two are in one orbit,
to draw them to 
the same light
so they might finally meet.