The good things start with O: oxycodone, ovenbirds, oxygen, Omar from The Wire, orgasms, often, only, our. Occasionally, orifices. The first moment you walk into a room. Or, that time you did that thing with your tongue and I forgot how to pray for a week. Here we go grazing the brazenness of what follows hallelujah, and O good gracious, how do you live in these embers?

C. J. Miles’ debut collection of poetry is What Is Anything Without Pandas (Ampersand Books, 2017). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio, Cease, Cows, Jet Fuel Review, Five 2 One Magazine, and Moonglasses Magazine. More of his work is available online at https://cjmilespoet.wordpress.com. He currently lives in Iowa with his wife and can be found on Twitter at @cjmilespoet.

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