Two Flutter Sonnets from Kristin Garth

Ballerina Ghost   Attempt to keep your eyelids closed beside your sister, faux repose, until you feel a pull of limbs, entreating your return to him. Outside again, inside a blink, beneath the full still moon, a haughty pink — how I have lost my mind,, you think. Though it is something else you seek…

Bisque Effigy by Kristin Garth

It was your week to have the head — bisque effigy, right side of the bed where in evenings you shut your eyes, blue as two which you lie beside — human not porcelain seen each place where you have been. Tonight those flutter, close, clinched tight while you await communion, coquettish night, full of…

Two Small Sex Poems from The Meadow by Kristin Garth

small town   it gets around in smaller towns who holds you down, where you’ve been found, how deep they’ve been, the multiple men, strangleholds requisite to cum upon a blacked out beach aquarium you’re baptized in much too young.   sex object   if i am nude you would see the scar, tear drop,…

On The Morning of Jeffrey Epstein’s Death by Kristin Garth

I’m mourning in a coffee shop not some billionaire pedophile but once again myself — how essential this becomes to mental health, the remembering when I was someone else — small enough to be controlled, cajoled — processing 46 years old, Saturdays in coffee shops, chai tea complimentary cake pops, quite often tears I hope…

2 Sonnets by Kristin Garth

    The Woods Have Teeth   Dangled beneath branch bowed, a bottom lip, perceived to be half of a smile, a child believes it for a while.  After arms rip the residents its foliage hides, wild   squalls, some shawled invalid saw (infants humans would claim, rename), remain untamed, same feral pets, a mansion…

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…