Dylan Brennan

Emigrant Haiku (i)

open tooth-yanked mouth
propped against a wall of heat
gumming at the stars

crumpled and bloodsoaked
recommendation letter
in left-hand pocket

ring finger hacked off
two fists tightened—

those pleas for mercy
whisperscreamed repeatedly—
littered around corpse

Currently based in Mexico, Dylan Brennan‘s poetry, essays and memoirs have been published in a range of international journals, in English and Spanish. His debut poetry collection, Blood Oranges, for which he received the runner-up prize in the Patrick Kavanagh Award, is available now from The Dreadful Press.