— instead of deus ex machina

[Hummingbirds drink from red  
stoplights, then exit traffic  
by crossing over                           
……………….power lines to endless prosceniums.]

BIRD 6: (mumbles)……..[Reader’s Mother’s Maiden Name]

CREW: (From the grid) It’s sweet that you think you
…..   ……can break the fourth wall.

(BIRD 5 removes her hand loop
after seeing her own face on the side of a milk carton  
that she cannot pick up.)

HEATHER LANG, a writer, literary critic, and literary translator, was voted Las Vegas’ 2017 Best Local Writer or Poet by the readers of KNPR’s Desert Companion. Her poetry and prose have been published by or are forthcoming with The Normal School, Paper Darts, Pleiades, South Dakota Review, and elsewhere. She’s been interviewed on Nevada Public Radio, and her writing and writing processes have been on exhibit at the Nevada Humanities Program Gallery. Heather’s poetry manuscripts have been named finalists in the Subito Press 2016 Poetry Contest and the Diode Editions 2017 Chapbook Contest, among others. Last year, she edited Legs of Tumbleweeds, Wings of Lace: An Anthology of Literature by Nevada Women, which was funded, in part, by the Nevada Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Heather teaches literature and composition part time at Nevada State College, and she serves as World Literature Editor with The Literary Review. www.heatherlang.cassera.net