Stonemilker by Justice Thelot

As  tech companies cement themselves further as private/‘public’ infrastructure, and as the divide between work and leisure diminishes,  the digital-quotidian takes place.  Stonemilker, the debut poetry collection by Justice Thelot, navigates the contemporary landscape and privatized utopias presented to us with a loveless grief that tethers the subject to this sysphian stone. When the past is lovelost, and the future is heartachepromised,  the current becomes an unbearable dulling, footsteps against the skull. Only with the possibility of magic, and with the miracle of forgiveness could any star glimmer.

“All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance,
All our ignorance brings us nearer to death,
But nearness to death no nearer to GOD.
Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?”
-  T.S. Eliot, The Rock

Illustration by Alice Yuan Zhang

Justice Thelot is a poet based in New York. His writing focuses on the consequences of technology, love and capitalism, and sometimes their intersection. His work has been published in literary journals in London, UK, Montreal and Toronto, Canada.

August 2022
Language: English