Devil’s Lake

Spring 2017 Issue

Ruth Baumann: As Evolution Goes

For such a long time, the peacemaker, but.

A world to inhabit, the sun’s skeleton beating down.

So that’s what it’s like. Steady, to be your own.

A man nearby, axe for a head. A man nearby, axe for your head.

Endless corridor of a species. Don’t hold your breath.

Build, instead, a science. Make it speak.


The first time I put meth up my nose I thought Oh.

Well that’s a line crossed. Of course

it’s that easy, becoming more than I thought possible,

in any direction—Oh. I have this theory,

that hell & family slink in like that, not

on baby cat feet, but

in one normalized Oh after another.

a photo of the author, Ruth Baumann RUTH BAUMANN is the author of Parse (Black Lawrence Press, forthcoming 2018). She is also the author of three chapbooks: Retribution Binary (Black Lawrence Press, 2017), wildcold (Slash Pines Press, 2016), & I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines (Salt Hill, 2015). She won an AWP Intro Journals Project Award in 2014. Her poems are published in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, Third Coast & others. She holds an MFA from the University of Memphis & is pursuing her PhD at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida. More from this issue >