Emperor Goodbyes

Hannah Yoest


Sometimes I think about penguins and suicide,
+++++how all penguins have to do to die

is walk out into the ice alone.
+++++I wonder if their families think it an accident, 

that they just got lost—
+++++or if they know it was with intention. 

I wonder if they are not the same thing.

Return to Fall 2018 Volume 10.1


Hannah Yoest


HANNAH YOEST is a writer and editor for a weekly magazine in Washington D.C. Her poetry is forthcoming in several literary magazines this fall. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied fine art photography. She studied poetry at the Iowa Writers Workshop summer course and VQR writers’ conference. She is also an artist in residence at the ceramics studio KUZEH Pottery. You can find her on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avecruth/
and twitter: https://twitter.com/ruthyoest.