|Her motion begins as a light, a bright circle
in the black. Another light appears, then
a flash of her t-shirt, a clump of stars stuck to the sky.
Sweat sparkles on her face; dry leaves crackle
upon image, and in each image, a beautiful girl
in acetate and silver emulsion, her delicate body
between lens and aperture - where a gap quickly opens
while the shutter blocks and unblocks each frame
Repeat this process 24 times every second. She'll emerge,
we can see in the dark - just like the killer who tracks her
She runs, each step a separate still that can be removed,
the hand slashing downward, the close-up on her face.
She's a beached starfish, dry and cold, her five points spread
cycles from reel to reel, leaves the brightness of her body
|Gillian Devereux received a BA in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a MFA in Poetry from Old Dominion University. She teaches English at ODU and participates in a Writers-in-Community outreach program. Currently, Ms. Devereux is learning to surf.|