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Wick(ed)

It seemed a more definite way out. The clarity of disaster is more satisfying Than rambling goodness, and all that …

Inktober— 21 Short Poems

The following is a series of 21 short poems that I wrote for Inktober, writing according to the daily prompt …

Retrograde

When the faintly sighing autumn skies Lament the steady flight of time I tilt my head upwards in a sunken …

Skin Dance

Behind the left ear Swallowed in the hollow of your foot Now hiding on the inside of your wrist, your …

Octopus

*Link to performance: https://bit.ly/2KtTZZ1 (poem starts at 3:02)   The octopus is arguably the coolest organism. And when I say arguably, I …

Let Fall

I have fallen in love with softness (have I done the right thing?) With the pull of the evening’s low …

Nothing Has Ever Happened

She drives her Prius backwards. That way, she can live in the wrong half of her timeline Forever, In the …

Lottery

In Korea, they call overweight girls unscratched lottery tickets. Because who knows— They might turn out pretty.   Apparently, flesh …

Question Mark

So you felt like kissing yourself in the bathroom mirror, all tongue and all slipperiness and chemicals, all cold-tasting and …

Blue Whales

Blue whales float in the sky In blithe heaviness. They have beached themselves among the clouds Peacefully, Like an enlightenment, …

Coat Collar

I know your father’s size, And his closet won’t fit you. Your necks are too different, Oliver.   The sleeves …

On the Wide Line

The air in my room Hangs a static curtain Over hours spent nibbling and chipping.   At nighttime it sinks, …

Brooklyn Bridge

*Inspired by a painting of the same title by Georgia O’Keeffe   We were born undeserving But more, unforeseeing This …

Sympathy’s Eye

A pigeon, Feathers matted And beak burrowing into nothingness, Shallow breath laboring to sustain the dead-weight body. Already giving up. …

Jellyfish

My eyes wandered to a Jellyfish And I threw a fit- Please, Let me back on the boat   Phantom …

Judgement Day

I have forgiven myself already For the shortcut I took today And for the honey on my fingers, The crumbs …