Origins by Hannah Kroonblawd



Make it flammable,
make it orange

All the more beautiful
for the transience

When you pull back
the skin, hold it

over a candle.
Watch the flame.

Catch and still,
the reflection in the mirror.

The pulse of oxygen.
Remember that every

body is mostly star, could set fire
at any moment.


Hannah Kroonblawd has sailed the lakes of Minnesota, taught middle schoolers in China, and is currently an MFA candidate at Oregon State University. Her poems can be found in or are forthcoming from The Saint Paul Almanac, Rust+Moth, Bear Review, and The Chattahoochee Review.