Taxonomies / jude marr 


I am a broken link in the chain

of generations: my name, which I

invented, ends

with m/e


Nazis inventoried gold

teeth; also women’s plaited

hair and babies’



taxonomy is death: Audubon killed

his birds to keep their wings

still: to capture them

on paper


my primary appetite is for

creation: but times, I tear

chapters from sacred books

to eat


paper tastes of fear: my skin roots

me, dead but not, in lost



order is god: if god’s

a pebble in my shoe, I will go



I must deviate

until my skinned soles, until

my unchained feet



Jude Marr teaches, and writes poetry, as protest. They are currently a PhD candidate at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and their first chapbook Breakfast for the Birds (Finishing Line), was published in 2017. Other recent credits include Ghost CityWeatherbeaten and Bird’s Thumb. Jude is also poetry editor for r.kv.r.y.