Phoenix Talons – Julie Feng

Phoenix Talons - Keira McKenzie

Phoenix Talons – Keira McKenzie

Seven things that you consume:
  1. The tender meat sinewed to an edge of bone.
  2. The consequences of wasting twelve years averse to certain movements of the chin.
  3. Curt notes from the Neighborhood Association.
  4. Bursts of lemon, peeled at one end of your grandmother’s cutting board.
  5. Fire.
  6. The static of silence between admonishments during every phone call from your mother.
  7. The grief of Wrong Choice.

Seven things that consume you:

  1. The leisurely power of low level rage.
  2. Ash, pallid powder, parched.
  3. The inability to have tea with sugar.
  4. The inability to use the correct preposition.
  5. Grit of teeth right before you’re asked a question you can smell on someone else’s breath.
  6. Knowing.
  7. Not knowing.

Julie Feng is a writer and educator. She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets Award, the Arthur Oberg Poetry Prize, the Joan Grayston Poetry Prize, and the Meg Greenfield Essay Award. She is originally from Taiwan, based in Seattle, and teaching in Morocco. You can reach her at

Keira McKenzie is from Melbourne, Australia, and is stuck in Perth, Western Australia. She plays with pencils, pens, brushes, tablet — in color or black and white, and also plays on the keyboard to produce both prose and poetry. She also loves doing calligraphy with a dip pen. Her cat vastly prefers her writing to drawing but drawings are accomplished despite paws and claws. She also indulges in photography, and photos as well as occasional drawings can be seen at

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