From Modern Mythcraft to Magical Surrealism

The Knitting Bowl

Work wood on a potter’s wheel, mold it,

warmly glowing with oil eased in so it

forgets that it was never soil, never clay.

Here, this is for you. I hope you like it.

The wire gliding down the edge, formed to cut

a curve, a spout to pour like a pitcher,

not water, but cloth. Pound dye into wood, but

pound gently, leaving spots on its

smooth brownness. Through the side

run flowing bolts. The bowl knits

autumn-shaded shawls, plum scarves,

olive rivers billowing out of Here it

is like the porridge pot that keeps

cooking ‘til the moment you tell it to cease.

Tristan Beiter

Tristan Beiter is a poet and speculative fiction nerd originally from small-town Central Pennsylvania. His poetry has previously appeared or is forthcoming in such venues as Liminality, Abyss & ApexEternal Haunted SummerGlitterShip,  Bird’s Thumb, and Mirror Dance Fantasy. He holds a BA in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies at Swarthmore College and an MA in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, where he focused in poetics and wrote his thesis on science-fiction poetry. When not reading or writing, he can be found doing needlecrafts, crafting absurdities with his boyfriend, or shouting about literary theory. Find him on Twitter at @TristanBeiter.