A Library Card Is A License of The Mind by Kristin Garth

Her polka-dotted patterned calves gallop

prepubescent paths, story time, equine

imitations in kitten heels.  Scalloped

peep toe cardinal toe reveals define

universality, woman you want

to be — not property in homemade dress,

cardholder in a world of yes.  Type font

card stock, signed, squeezed, tiny envelope pressed

palm to Hello Kitty purse, gift of hope,

license of the mind, proffered by paragon,

womankind, with novel geography.  Scope

her catalogued cartography.  Denouement,

despite father, your omnipresent guard,

she will issue you a library card.

Bio: Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated poet from Pensacola and a sonnet stalker.  Her sonnets have stalked magazines like Five: 2: One, Yes, Glass, Anti-Heroin Chic, Occulum, Drunk Monkeys, Luna Luna, TERSE. Journal and many more.  Her chapbook Pink Plastic House is available from Maverick Duck Press, and she has another Pensacola Girls from Bone & Ink Press.  She has three forthcoming:  Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press Jan 2019), Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Press March 2019)  and A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony (Rhythm & Bones June 2019), a full length upcoming Candy Cigarette from Hedgehog Poetry.  In January of 2020 her book Flutter: A Southern Gothic Fever Dream will be released by TwistiT Press.  Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website (kristingarth.com)

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