"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 daughter,” while I pull
Velcro of a plaid skirt, anesthetized
on lemon drop shots for hurts, mouthfuls,
sadistic commentary memorized
each table dance. Did you think it was okay,
your business trip topless pigtailed chance
to say you are just monster seeking prey?
You pay me cash, leave our unfinished dance.
I realize I don’t even know your name.
I looked like absolution & a game.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker from Pensacola. In addition to Rhythm & Bones, her sonnets have stalked journals Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of twelve books of poetry including Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (The Hedgehog Poetry Press) and the forthcoming Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press) and The Meadow (Apep Publications, 2020). Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website http://kristingarth.com
Elle Danbury has had her photographs published in Barren Magazine, Cauldron Anthology, Turnpike Magazine, and has been a featured artist in littledeathlit. You will be able to see more of her forthcoming work in Nightingale & Sparrow, Riggwelter Press, Ravens In The Attic, Honey & Lime, as well as being a featured artist in Kissing Dynamite Poetry. After leaving city life many years ago, she moved into her own little forest in northern British Columbia Canada, to find out who she was and what her passions were. Starting with photographs of nature, she now seems to have found a niche taking photographs of the world that surrounds her, wherever she goes.