July 27, 2019
"Pandora's Cottage" by Elle Danbury
Do I Look Like A Confessional
the arching back against your shoulder, peach
erected nipple steeples that direct
your gaze to heaven? But I am in reach
right here when you whisper “You’re perfect.
You look just like my...
April 25, 2019
PASSED NOTES & POEMS
a monthly feature by
I Do Not Write These Words For You
You listen when they speak to you — these words
my fingers learned by heart before I was
concerned with art. Nobody heard
my schoolgirl voice. Speak diary because
it is a ca...
April 20, 2019
by Kristin Garth
for Harold (from the abused muses/crayons everywhere)
Hold me so gentle while we play pretend.
Outline a sky with my viscera shaped
into a friend. Unpeel me. Careful. Skin
my skeleton — paper, wound around grape
wax gelatin. Discard my defenses. Pick
March 20, 2019
Girl Who Had To Learn To Scream
My soul is darker now — also my hair.
These days I’m wearing underwear. Look
less people in the eye. Beware men’s stares,
and you are why. Passivity you took —
I’m what was left...
February 22, 2019
PASSED NOTES & POEMS: It Could Be Different
It Could Be Different
He says it could be different. We could be friends;
don’t have to barter, love for skin. He’ll prove
the existence of benevolent men,
desire, rejection, frustration removed.
January 14, 2019
Passed Notes & Poems
R. Kelly tune you dance to topless in
the 90’s, main stage stripper’s choice of song,
the one that says “nothing wrong.” You listen,
a child abuse victim, bubblegum thong
to lyrics saying you be...
November 25, 2018
A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony Requires Friends
We have forgotten that we are magical, but all it takes to be is to remember. I tweeted this today, and it really sums up best the way I feel about my latest book project. Some book projects are releases of energy stor...
November 16, 2018
Passed Notes & Poems
a monthly feature by Kristin Garth
TW: non-explicit discussion of a true crime of childhood sexual assault
The Poem: ((*Listen here!*))
would buy a notebook you must steal. Fifth grade
charade of friendship you might feel apart
of -- if you p...
October 19, 2018
Fatalistic Fairy Tale
A dragon breathes inside pink skin. He owns
all of the oxygen. He’s hatched inside
a ten year old. Her hemoglobin hones
his stranglehold. A bloated beast, she hides
beneath, conceived ne...
October 6, 2018
A kitten written wanton, bad but smiles
so meek in skirts of plaid. Charcoal, crimson
intersects a schoolgirl demeanor, wiles
with kinky sex. Blue black outlined yellow sun,
shy smiles inside the darkness done. In cream