Joyelle McSweeney is the author of many books in various genres, most recently Percussion Grenade (Fence, Poetry)and Salamandrine, 8 Gothics (Tarpaulin Sky, Prose), both of which also feature plays. She works at Notre Dame, edits Action Books, and is a contributor to the collective blog, Montevidayo. This poem is one of a series of spells for the protection & safety of Bradley Manning, written before Chelsea Manning became publicly manifest. She retains the name 'Bradley Manning' in these poems in the interest of historicizing them, in showing them to be out of date, anachronistic, and thus possessing of occult qualities and the potential for reanimation and zombi effects.
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