The Other Art

The important thing is to disappear
completely. Board a night bus, no stone

turned, no chewed rope, no hair
under pillows. Pristine sinks,

old growth sofas. Lakes of sheets to rest
before migrating south.

Follow the same principles I did
while hiking: Leave No Trace. So the wild

you is unharmed, so your brain’s bears
don’t get used to handouts, so no body

can be accidentally tamed and then left
behind when the summer is over,

squatting, ravenous
under the rotting porch.


Mariya DeykuteMariya Deykute is a writer, teacher and performance artist. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Massachusetts: Boston, but currently lives in Tohatchi, NM on Navajo Nation land and teaches English at the Tohatchi High School. She is a co-founder of the Quincy Art House and the Boston Poetry & Jazz Salon. Her work has appeared in Grasslimb, Salamander, Amethyst Arsenic, Front Porch, Mariyaand elsewhere. She believes in the wilderness above most things. You can find her at