Arrive, Accomplice by Kristin Garth

Kristin Garth, Poetry, Punk Noir Magazine

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Arrive, Accomplice


Dozens before you, bows in their hair,

are lifted there, a feathered carriage ride

to who knows where. Strain to stare until their

eyelashes tangle tight, fight formaldehyde

of perpetual night. Two, you served it

in cups of tea, a hazy sensibility

you lack reclining against its velvet

upholstery. This avian belly

swallows, sentient, both passengers

pure, prescient in purgatory

toward a palatial estate. Flock of others

lie in wait inside their mandatory

dreams of devastation you shall not share —

arrive, accomplice, awake and aware.


Author’s Note:


In this sonnet from Crow Carriage, the Mistress of Malice rides in

the feathered carriage towards the estate of The Doctor after the murders

of her abusive relatives. She is aware that she joins girls her age she

has helped to send into this nightmare state.


Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of fifteen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House and Shut Your Eyes, Succubi  (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage and Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press) and The Meadow (APEP Publications).  She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie) and her website