nora toomey

system of safety

heard she was studying immunity

how shape enters shape

heard she was branch come down

a bullet

she was product—

             may be rotten


if you carry an animal

push wool

through the snow

the animal loses focus

says, I'm fine


picture a ring

the spinning bell

inside the deer

picture gambling

slicing into the deer

what it's like

to look down


Nora Toomey writes poems in Oakland, California. She is a MFA graduate of California College of the Arts, recipient of CCA's Graduate Award for Poetry, and 2015 Featherboard Writer in Residence. She is one half of an art-poem-band, and her work has most recently appeared in Vitriol, Fourteen Hills, and Denver Quarterly. You can visit her at