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  April 2014
volume 11 number 1
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  Jonathan Beale
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  Betsy Burke
  Matt Burns
  Shibani Chattopadhyay
  Rachel Coventry
  Tyler Dupuis
  Allison Grayhurst
  John Grochalski
  Hedy Habra
  Samantha Henderson
  Augustus Invictus
  Natalie Itzhaki
  Scott Jacobson
  Alex Johnson
  Mikel K
  Craig Kurtz
  Phillip Larrea
  N.M. Leepsa
  Anthony Magistrale
  Brendan McCormack
  Christopher Mulrooney
  Philip ONeil
  Ebi Robert
  Walter Ruhlmann
  April Salzano
  Jake Sheff
  Rishan Singh
  Julia Stein
  Allen Taylor
  Paul Tristram
  Wanda Vanhoy Smith
  Claire Walker
  Viola Weinberg
  Claire Williams
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Samantha Henderson
April 2014



photo by mauricio alejandro ramos

    Samantha Henderson's poetry and fiction have been published in Weird Tales, Strange Horizons, Anemone Sidecar, Goblin Fruit, and Stone Telling. She is the editor of the speculative short-poem webzine inkscrawl.



Eating an Elephant

Like the saying goes one bite at a time.

The first is ashes, coal and ashes
where the flame bit. Grit
between your teeth.
The second hot and liquid fat.
At the third, the fourth, you hit the meat
baked sweet and succulent.
The fifth and sixth are pink, then raw.
you cannot burn an elephant all the way through,
even when Edison, the Diabolic
electrocutes it to disparage
St. Tesla the Mad,
St. Tesla the Transcendent.


The way a hyena eats an elephant
beginning at an inelegant, but obvious egress
is how youd think foul, hyena like.
But also with an odd elegance,
also hyena-like


Eating an elephant wont give you
the wisdom of the salmon,
or the cunning of Coyotes sisters.
Only the melancholy of long memory,
the ache of long bones,
the sweet moan of long life spiraled down
in mud thick as molasses.

copyright 2014 Samantha Henderson