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July 27, 2019

 "Pandora's Cottage" by Elle Danbury

Do I Look Like A Confessional 

Kristin Garth 

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


a monthly feature by 

Kristin Garth

The Poem: 

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


a monthly feature by 

Kristin Garth


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

Kristin Garth

The Poem:

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 

a monthly feature by 

Kristin Garth 

The Poem:

Nothing Wrong

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!*))

Five Cents

would buy a notebook you must steal. Fifth grade

charade of friendship you might feel apart

of -- if you p...

October 19, 2018

Passed Notes & Poems

a monthly feature by Kristin Garth

The Poem:

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

Plaid Kitten

by Kristin Garth

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 


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