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Amy Pence authored the poetry collections Armor, Amour (Ninebark Press, 2012) and The Decadent Lovely (Main Street Rag, 2010) as well as the online chapbook Skin's Dark Night, (2River Press, 2003).  She's also published short fiction, interviews, reviews, and essays in a variety of journals, including WSQ, The Rumpus, The Conversant, Colorado Review, Poets & Writers and The Writer's Chronicle. Her hybrid book on Emily Dickinson, [It] Incandescent, is forthcoming from Ninebark Press in 2018. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. To know more about her, visit amypence.com.

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

We are opened by you. The viscera parted, the hand gone in. You animate the snow shadow looming across ice this unfair day. You hold the little Joan in your hand. Her rebellion for voices:  mooned & clouded with eyes.

You reflect us. Barbed wire at our throats, newsreels of our holocaust, brutal oil spills and hate crimes. When we call from the locked snow globe of our minds, you answer.  You excite in us a territory:  the naturalism of _______, the nationalism of ________, the romanticism of ________.
Fixate at our looking. The narcissism plush in our mirrored halls.  You invoke the murder of the Innocents.  The decapitations, the capitulations. 

Whippets enter full force from the bracken.  

Your provocations and instigations. Your bloodied plexiglass torsos.  Our dystopia in taxidermy:  stilled in a cube for one full hour.  Rid of our exoskeletons, we’re restless as fugitives.