Jasper Magazine

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Divorce song By Lisa Hammond

Dread pulls up his black sedan smoking

she polishes her myth again and again

he’s come back to get her sisters

watching her sisters weep

he takes them all as wives

it’s not a pyre the ride stops short of Hades

they can’t resist his invisibility cloak his horn of plenty but they were already invisible and what could they know of plenty? she did her once upon a time finished out her carsick back seat eternity

they can’t hear her they must burn first before they learn the car never moves the doors aren’t locked Dread can’t even drive

Lisa Hammond teaches English at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. She is the author of a chapbook, Moving House (Texas Review Press) and has published poems in Southern Poetry Review, Calyx, The South Carolina Review, Literary Mama, and storySouth, among others. She and her husband spend way too much time in the car.


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