C. Dylan Bassett


there is thunder and there is thunder

nails clack near my pillow in the empty can

all at once the tide goes out from every shore

like the sleeper’s unconscious breathing

a noise becoming a language becoming

a greater capacity for faith

a song for which I’d sell my ears



C DYLAN BASSETT is a teaching fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He is the author of The Invention of Monsters / Plays for the Theater (Plays Inverse, 2015), and six additional chapbooks. His recent poems are published or forthcoming inBlack Warrior Review, DIAGRAM, Ninth Letter, Sonora Review, and elsewhere.