“Anatomy of a Prophetic Calling” & “Escape Routes from Heaven and Hell” by DT McCrea

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Anatomy of a Prophetic Calling


Every night I have a dream
that God asks me

to the Sadie Hawkins dance.
I say yes but

the school won’t let us
go together because

we’re both girls.
So instead, we break

into God’s 
parents’ liquor cabinet 

and play spin the bottle.
Just the two of us.


I have successfully predicted
the deaths of everyone I’ve

ever loved. This is mostly 
because every day I predict

that all my loved ones will die.


When you are angry with God
start collecting loose

teeth wherever you find them.
They will tell you something

you have forgotten.


The night Jesus knew
he was to die,

he got drunk with all his friends
and begged God

for anything else.


I lied before  

I’ve never predicted 
anything, except
who the bottle would land on.

Escape Routes from Heaven and Hell

       Become the God of purgatory.
       Build a rocket ship that flies faster than an exploding sun.
       Wash your hands of it. All of it.
       Live on bread alone.
       Imagine Sisyphus happy.
       Imagine Sisyphus refusing to roll the boulder one more inch.
       Leave your sandals on.
       Kiss God with your unclean lips.
       Tempt Satan in the desert.
       Commit a sin that has not been invented yet.
       Wash a sinners feet—while she sins.
       Wash your own feet.
       Let Jesus wash your feet—while you sin.
       Kiss your own beautiful face in the river.
       Kiss God in the river with your beautiful, unclean lips.
       Kiss Satan in the desert. Start at her neck, move across her sharp jawline and up her
       cheek, then press your lips to her ear and whisper we shall not live on bread alone.
       Climb to the pinnacle of the temple and throw yourself.
       Embrace Oblivion.

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DT McCrea (they/she) is a trans-anarchist poet, a reader for Flypaper Lit, and Pushcart Prize nominee. They love the NBA and know the lyrics to every Saintseneca song. Her work can be found in Indianapolis Review, Gordon Square Review, Honey & Lime, mutiny!, Stone of Madness Press and her website https://dtmccrea.wordpress.com.

Chelsea Dirck is an illustrator, musician, and maker-of-things who lives in the Hudson Valley. They like dogs, line drawings, and organizing small objects.
For more of their work visit www.chelseadirck.com or follow them on Instagram @chelsea.dirck.