From Issue I (2016)
by GRANT MCCLURE
wood pulp caked with saliva
forms the nest, hexagon cells
translating a kind of language,
how foundress feeds caterpillar
cud to larvae, how her triangle
head slides into each paper
compartment the way a ball mount
fits trailer hitch, her black
wings folded, akimbo katanas,
not largest but most fit, though
her men permitted to procreate
elsewhere if it means survival––
the sound of aerosol on screen
can secure in my hand,
index finger holding down trigger.
Grant McClure is a writer from Charleston, SC. His work has appeared in The Adroit Journal and The Best Teen Writing of 2015. He received the Student Fellowship for Fiction from the SC Academy of Authors in April of 2016.
Sam Masler is an educator, artist, and butcher. She is interested in the intersection of arts, social justice, and the environment, with a particular interest in sustainable food systems and food justice. She has an MA in food studies from Chatham University, where she studied urban farms and the communities that surround them.