XIII: Poetry by D.G. Geis, & Photography by Natalia Drepina, III

Holding Soul


Praise to the bone!

Bones in the trash.
Bones in the disposal.

A bone for the dog.
A bone on the bed.

Wish bones.
Thigh bones.

Bones in the morgue.
Bones in a reliquary.

Bad to the bone.
Good to be boned.

Bones that rattle.
Bones that roll.

A bone of contention.
A bone at attention.

Bones buried in the backyard.
Bones burned in a crematorium.

Lazy bones.
Worked to the bone.

Screw the flesh.
It’s bones that do all the heavy lifting.

Jumping up and down,
Always trying

To get our attention.
Praising themselves

All the way
To an early grave.


D.G. Geis lives in Houston, Texas. He has an undergraduate degree in English Literature from the University of Houston and a graduate degree in philosophy from California State University. His poetry has appeared in 491 Magazine, Blinders, Blue Bonnet Review, The Broadkill Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Crosswinds, Lost Coast, Poetry Scotland (Open Mouse), A Quiet Courage, SoftBlow International Poetry Journal, Scarlet Leaf, and Sweet Tree. He will be featured in a forthcoming Tupelo Press chapbook anthologizing 9 New Poets and is a recipient of the Blue Bonnet Review’s Fall 2015 Poetry Contest.

Natalia Drepina, born 1989, is a photographer, poet, and composer/videographer from Lipetsk, Russia. Her work has been previously exhibited in galleries across the Russian Federation, including in the interactive photography project “Perfumer,” and also within the European Union, at the MacS | Museo Arte Contemporanea Sicilia. A forthcoming exhibition in the EU, at the Animalia Art Expo in Diksmuide, Belgium is slated for this month, on April 22, 2016. Be there! Or, let Natalia’s photography grace your own walls by visiting Fine Art America, along with Natalia Drepina Prints.


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