The Howling Owl
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The Howling Owl

letter to a saint, triumphant

a poem

Photo by Ruan Richard on Unsplash

for Rachel Held Evans

I wonder if you, borrowing an archangel’s sword,
could pare me back into the boy who used to dance,
before polished wood and purple cloth, hands raised
and heart empty, charged with a confidence
I did not own.




The Howling Owl is a new juried publication featuring poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews. The publication is new — March 2022 — and will change over time.

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Zach J. Payne

Zach J. Payne

(He/They) Ninja Writer. Thespian. Queer. Essayist, poet, novelist.

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