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Nocturnal Monster’s Self-Care Routine

Nocturnal Monster’s Self-Care Routine by Savannah Slone

they say establishing a self-care routine is


So, meditate in a room of disquiet place bath bombs into your claw foot tub filled with the blood you won’t bleed, but will ponder work out every way that you could die and every way that your loved ones could die and mourn them, plan their funerals as they lay safely, alive in their hot baths of anxiety, too lather skin peels that won’t melt away the apprehension that creeps in the night trim nails beyond the cuticles ­ droplets of blood and membrane husks of human pool on the tile floor, at your feet fuzzy legs looking back at you bathwater boils, scalp sweats self-care is cautionary necessary but not for Monsters, like me


Savannah Slone is a queer writer who is completing her M.F.A. in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry and short fiction has appeared in or will soon appear in Heavy Feather Review, Boston Accent Lit, The Airgonaut, Ghost City Press, decomP magazinE, Maudlin House, FIVE:2:ONE, Pidgeonholes, TERSE Journal, Glass, and elsewhere. She enjoys reading, knitting, hiking, and discussing intersectional feminism. You can read more of her work at

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