Larissa Andrusyshyn’s first book Mammoth (DC Books 2010) was shortlisted for the QWF First Book Prize and the Kobzar Literary Award. Her poems have been shortlisted for Arc Magazine’s Poem of the Year and the Malahat Review’s Open Season Award. Proof (DC Books 2014) is her second book of poetry.
No one suspects the scaly-winged pick pocket.
Night, dark with insect patter, proboscis—
a mouth like a straw that unfolds
into the eyes of sleeping birds.
The moth is turning a wound inside out,
release in the orchid and tree bark.
Stomach contents: grief and disaster.
In the dark forests of Madagascar
a transient in imago;
this Lepidoptera hunts the lacrimal.
Imagine the dry eyes of sparrows,
the slender-billed flufftail, the cuckoo,
all waking with a sadness they can’t shake.
[from Proof (DC Books, 2015). Reproduced by permission of the author.]