Gale Marie Thompson
Gale Marie Thompson Gale Marie Thompson is the author of Soldier On (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Helen or My Hunger (YesYes Books, 2020). She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Her work appears in American Poetry Review, Tin House Online, Gulf Coast, Guernica, BOAAT, and Crazyhorse, among others. She is the founding editor of Jellyfish Magazine, and she lives, writes, and teaches in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Definition

Because I was given the gift of opening my mouth but I returned it. Because it is an indulgence to sing this very question, to raise careful lung against the dark and rational. In the days after definition I am stunned. I long for a subject and it is lack. I say...

Blueprint

I have such little mercy for my own strong myrtle, for the walkway clawed open by snow. To talk about deleting deletes nothing, the way that to implicate is a wirework, dead twist of tendons we knot into our hands. I know that I couldn’t stop seeing the capsule pulled apart upon...