“Fracking” by Justin Carter with art by Andrew Reilly

acm bird ghana

The stars, no longer.
The telescope my father

bought me at seven
boxed-up. What do we

need? To see more
than a cloud of gas

when we look up, to know
more than brackish water.

Yesterday, I kissed
you while the earth

was picked-overthe soil
too bare for new growth.



Justin Carter is a poet and sports writer living in Denton, TX. He’s got a PhD from The University of North Texas and poems in The Adroit Journal, Bat City Review, The Journal, Redivider, and Sonora Review. When he’s not teaching, he’s tweeting about the NBA at @juscarts.

Andrew Reilly has published many photos in Another Chicago Magazine.