Plain China

monkeys consecrated to the moon

by Kate Powell · Bennington College
Beach With Dad, Raina Martens · Guilford College

in the tops of trees
they peeled long straws
and pushed them needlewise
through the opal jelly
of cyprian wedding night


threaded them up through
fibrous middle heavens
up through loose black nothing
and into the throbbing cilia
of the fearful virgin moon


she shuddered and gushed
between sips they called to her
in their panicky language
come on you gorgeous thing
won’t you give us a kiss

About the Author

Kate Powell · Bennington College

Kate Powell is a fourth-year student of literature and French at Bennington. She spends her downtime making ukulele bedroom pop and knitting toques. She loves Paris, music, purple wigs, princess crowns, public radio, museums, movie theaters, and quiche. She doesn’t like liver and onions or waiting in line. Her poem first appeared in Bennington’s literary journal, the Silo.

About the Artist

Raina Martens · Guilford College

Raina Martens is a junior studying sculpture and U.S. history. She works primarily in three dimensions but has a proclivity for all types of printmaking. She is troubled and excited by the vastness of possibility. Beach With Dad first appeared in Guilford College’s Greenleaf Review.