Poets Always Are Saving My Life
— apparitions to listen to burning
alive in incestuous Florida
humidity. The first poet touring
I ever see wears overalls, from a
small town like me (elementary). Second,
Maya Angelou whose giggle consumes
debased (college) girl, back of the room; one
midsummer night, I will have to presume
I am the luckiest creature to be
right where I am, in front of an angel
instead of under a man. Like, three,
who penetrates me in his physical
form —but his ghost haunts me (midlife) to write.
These poets always are saving my life.
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 seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket from Roaring Junior Press. 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 kristingarth.com