- Mason–Dixon LinesA List of Waters
The scar that flows from my aunt's thighto the boulder of her swollen ankle is a mapof the Haw River,each toe a Blue Heron.
My mama's water is all water, I'm every river rockinside her being smoothed over.
The palms of my uncle's handsare the Deep River when he is holding a gutted trout.Always somethingis bleeding.
You saw her bloodyand did nothing,you Yellow Perch.
My uncles sinned openlyon Sunday,fed in the daytime, a White Catfish.
My smallest cousin is a salamander in their father's Neuse River arms, legs hanging therelike Blackwater. [End Page 134]
Every womanwho has ever told me to clean my faceis the Atlantic Ocean.
The shoreline of this beachis also a history lesson,these sea shellshave blood on them.
I dream mostly in floods. [End Page 135]
Tyree Daye is from Youngsville, North Carolina, and earned his MFA in poetry from North Carolina State University. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner (for which he received the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award in the Fall 2015 issue), Nashville Review, Four Way Review, and Ploughshares (forthcoming). He is the winner of the 2017 APR/Honickman First Book Prize for his book River Hymns and the Amy Clampitt Residency for 2018. Daye is a Cave Canem Fellow and longtime member of the editorial staff at Raleigh Review.