One Perfect Bubble

Shaped on a summer afternoon,
its glistening architecture,
is alive with iridescent motion.

But even if it survives wind
and skims the tips of grass

a pock will blossom,
then another—just air
asserting itself, little holes
spreading across its skin
to undo it into lace

then into spray
as the bubble unbecomes

becoming empty space

till a stream of bright newborns
blow in to take its place.

April Lindner

April Lindner is the author of two poetry collections—Skin (Texas Tech University Press) and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped (Able Muse Press). With R. S. Gwynn, she co-edited Contemporary American Poetry, an anthology for Penguin Academics. She also is the author of three Young Adult novels, Jane, Catherine, and Love, Lucy, (Poppy), and a digital-exclusive YA novella, Far From Over (NOVL).She teaches writing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.

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April Lindner is the author of two poetry collections—Skin (Texas Tech University Press) and This Bed Our Bodies Shaped (Able Muse Press). With R. S. Gwynn, she co-edited Contemporary American Poetry, an anthology for Penguin Academics. She also is the author of three Young Adult novels, Jane, Catherine, and Love, Lucy, (Poppy), and a digital-exclusive YA novella, Far From Over (NOVL). She teaches writing at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, and lives in Lambertville, New Jersey.