Sara Henning
Sara Henning Sara Henning is the author of A Sweeter Water (Lavender Ink 2013), her debut collection of poetry, as well as two chapbooks, Garden Effigies (Dancing Girl 2015) and To Speak of Dahlias (Finishing Line 2012). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in such journals as Quarterly West, Green Mountains Review, Crab Orchard Review, and RHINO. Winner of the 2015 Crazyhorse Lynda Hull Memorial Poetry Prize, she is a visiting assistant professor of English at Stephen F. Austin State University and serves as an associate editor of Sundress Publications.

The First Murmuration

Listen: a son broken open by his father’s body is becoming a starling. We could call the father a sphinx moth lured to the boy’s nectarless throat. We could call the glottal stops between his son’s stifled night calls an espionage of pollen, an iron-studded infusion of musk. But the son is not a swath...

The End of the Unified Field

what should I know to save you that I do not know . . . ? —Jorie Graham, “The Dream of the Unified Field”   I.   Instead of winter, a cache of ashes, my grandfather threshed then yielded to air. I’ll say graupel when I mean I’ve spooned from his urn masqueraded with cloisonné...

Fathers and Sons

A swan and woman gyre in orgy, jagged strands of DNA. Her thighs twist, rawboned, in his thunder of wings. This is a Baroque leitmotif: woman seduced by divinity. Woman undone by a god. The arches of her feet seize. Her fear muscles her forward under his neck’s spiraling heat. His head coups in the...