Natalie Young

Attempt #2 to Spot the Monster

Scuba gear in the bed of the truck. The same kind
her father used to scoop out tropical fish for their tank,

from a different body of water, before sunset colors
defined air quality and foreign threats.

This dive is not for swimming rainbows,
this is to prove a creature neither man nor fish,

lives in the Great Salt Lake. And the creature is happy
to be ignored, happy to have us worry

about energy and fires, about roasting hot dogs.
The marshmallow smoke a signal to the universe.

The edges are bubbling and she’s watching, eyeing
each one for reflection. A pupil. His coat. A claw.


Natalie Young is a founding editor of the independent poetry magazine Sugar House Review. By day, she works as an art director for an ad agency based out of Salt Lake City. Recent and forthcoming publications include Los Angeles Review, South Dakota Review, Tampa Review, Drunken Boat, Green Mountains Review, and others. Natalie is left-handed, half Puerto Rican, and a fan of Dolly Parton and apple fritters.

“Poetry matters because it has the ability to engage the entire body—intellectually, emotionally, and physically—which makes it very intimate. And I think we could all use that.”