Issue 12 – Summer 2007 – Steven Byrd

Steven Byrd


Crisis Theology

He transcribed every line of
Saint John’s Revelation, 
then reversed the words until 
he found a love letter buried 
under the bones, a fable
of a white-robed prince fishing 
burnt cities out of the sea, 
and unbreaking each brick,
then placing them to make

a world so miraculous that
the saved leapt down from Heaven
to walk the imperfect streets.


Steven Byrd recently received his MFA in poetry from NCSU.