BRANDED by Zachary Lundgren • Cleaver Magazine
BRANDED by Zachary Lundgren He was drunk and I’m sure it helped when I took the iron from the stove: a loud red, a cruel star. I held the iron like a relic of some religion we’ve all long forgot but is still always burning always holy, always the shackle and the wrist. I didn’t ask if he was ready because that’s how it goes. The iron bit into his calf, greedy to share. After, he laughed he displayed his leg like a king, like a city limit sign. Not like the night, last of last summer, when I collected photographs, old shirts and notebook paper into a bantam fire and made goodbye Zachary Lundgren received his MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida and his BA in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder and grew up in northern Virginia. He has had poetry … chop! chop! read more!