Elizabeth Metzger

In My Recklessly Bright But Average Flashback of Your Childhood

I see the acid bones of a boy unlocked from ice

and the halo of what’s un-begun about him.

I feel microscopic humans
sprinting down his face

!200!If he’s my first to go I will thank nobody for everything.

Elizabeth Metzger’s first collection, The Spirit Papers, won the 2016 Juniper Prize and will be published by University of Massachusetts Press in Winter 2017. Her poetry has recently appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets 2015, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere. She is the Poetry Editor of the Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly Journal.