Sebastian Merrill

dead name

I name each day

as my own, find


the tang of grief

takes time.


a pomegranate

is a world

I can burst open.

As I pluck each

ruby seed, I repeat

my golden name.

My voice reverberates

off the cave walls,

echoes out over

the still waters

of the lake.



The Sea Cave



Sebastian Merrill is a queer and trans poet whose writing has appeared in wildness, Passages North, Riddle Fence and elsewhere. His first book, GHOST :: SEEDS, was selected by Kimiko Hahn as the 2022 winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize from Texas Review Press and will be forthcoming in Fall of 2023. Sebastian is the 2022-23 recipient of the Levis Prize from Friends of Writers. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College.