at Mendocino

Ashley Kunsa


not daybreak but a sky asking
directions to the mini mart

not cloud cover but the calculus
of crust and bone over black

not a bluff of brambles but a man veined
by hollow indecision

not larks but beads sewn into
the forlorn patchwork of morning

not the sea but a veil, a memory
limping, translucent, to the edge



Ashley Kunsa's creative work appears or is forthcoming in two dozen journals, including Sycamore Review, Tahoma Literary Review, and Bayou Magazine. She is Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT. Find her online at

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