By Kristin Garth
which hides inside eyelids, an armoire — grown,
alone, his captive hidden, destiny
unknown, eerily familiar — cloned bones,
solipsistic moans, the iniquities
of phantasms, ascension through ribcage
first time behind pine louvered closet doors,
a whore for chasing, erasing since age
five. Babydoll deprived forevermore
autonomy, memory but alive —
surviving, sometimes even thriving yet
the driving force within her is to find
the smallest spaces where she can forget.
A ghost escapes, well-trained, the brain’s trapdoor,
skeleton you abandon here once more.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated sonnet stalker. Her poetry has stalked magazines like Glass, Yes, Five:2: One, Anti-Heroin Chic, Former Cactus, Occulum, Luna Luna, & many more. She has four chapbooks Pink Plastic House and Good Girl Games (Maverick Duck Press), Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018) and Shakespeare for Sociopaths (Hedgehog Poetry Press). She has another forthcoming, Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Press March 2019). Her full length, Candy Cigarette, is forthcoming in April 2019 (The Hedgehog Poetry Press). She has a collaborative full length A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony forthcoming (Rhythm & Bones Press) in June 2019. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie), and her website (kristingarth.com).
Soundtrack: Riverside by Agnes Obel