Joe Milazzo: That Isn't Dying
Photo: Joanna C. Valente

Photo: Joanna C. Valente

A Field Recording


To see people

outside of their structures

you must transit early

or step electric.


So the grass waits

for an unrung bell

in the humid brown-out of its breathing.


So the loose fill

of the concrete sits

for a rapid elapsing

that isn’t dying.

Joe Milazzo is a writer, editor, educator, and designer. He is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie and two collections of poetry: The Habiliments and Of All Places In This Place Of All Places. His writings have appeared in Black Clock, Black Warrior Review, BOMB, Drunken Boat, Prelude, Tammy, Texas Review and elsewhere. He co-edits the online interdisciplinary arts journal [out of nothing], is an Associate Editor for Southwest Review, a Contributing Editor at Entropy, and the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, TX, and his virtual location is