Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Nightshade by Kate Garrett

My touchpaper torso is the source of the hex / flickers of green and red fire / purify me / scorch tendrils / stop the slink up my spine

my spine a spindle / mouldy petals dusted black / each withered leaf a knock I’ve taken / every hateful fraction of a second stored below my waist / twisted like a sow’s tail / waiting

waiting for the craving to save me / heat of seeds / stems / skin / a gulp of vinegar / cauterises vines / cuts the killing thorns above the root / trims dead weight back / until the next waning moon



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Kate Garrett writes and edits. Her work is widely published, recently or forthcoming in Atrium, Allegro, 8 Poems, Déraciné, Ghost City Review, Kissing Dynamite, and others. Her first full collection, The saint of milk and flames, is forthcoming from Rhythm & Bones Press in April 2019. Born in rural southern Ohio, Kate moved to the UK in 1999, where she still lives in Sheffield with her husband, children, and a sleepy cat. Twitter @mskateybelle / www.kategarrettwrites.co.uk

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