Vol. 1 | Poetry : “To Paul Celan” by Brett Harrington


This is the mourning hour
when they come to feed you
marrow scraped from your own bones

salted with your mother’s ash.

Here you will find a language to guide
those voices left blistered
on the tongue of winter.

This is death’s tattered shawl.

Unthread your tangled song.


Brett Harrington earned a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. His poem “To Paul Celan” was part of a collection of four of Brett’s works which won University of Houston’s Howard Moss Poetry Prize and was published in our first edition of Glass Mountain. Brett has published poetry in The Inflectionist Review, Third Coast, and Pebble Lake Review. He was also a finalist for the 2012 Best of the Net Anthology. He currently lives in the Rogue Valley and works at Southern Oregon University.