Pitchdown Bay

the small sound of a falling snowflake,
slow it down, low frequency rumble
of a whale, both melting into the ocean
in time, the water glowing as bright
as lanterns, and sailors drowning as if
they’d seen lighthouses, more lost men
entering from the shore’s mouth, that
emptiness between the stars, pupils
compensating for this hard blanket of
deadlight night, still surrounded by
silent shorebirds, nested, watching,
stinging the surface of the water
like quickening nix when they alight.

MA|DE (est. 2018) is a collaborative writing partnership comprised of interdisciplinary artist Mark Laliberte and writer Jade Wallace. Their poetry has appeared in Poetry is Dead, PRISM International, Trinity Review, Vallum, and elsewhere. MA|DE’s debut chapbook, Test Centre, was released by ZED Press in 2019 and they are currently working on their first full-length collection. <www.ma-de.ca>