[Let’s say the island]

Let’s say the island is me     lush solemn     erratic gorgeous       pure volcanic
         You who I love you who I beg: I sweetly, unceremoniously, tilt you off—

Opal C McCarthy is a poet, teacher and joy worker living in Minneapolis. Her poems have appeared in alice blue review, Le Petite Zine, The Pinch, and elsewhere. Opal's pamphlet, Surge: An Oral Poetics is available from eohippus labs press, and her debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Tinderbox Editions in 2016.