2nd female citizen from sunshine nation faces off with one light sucking demon
she says she trespassed in a dream
of rainbow earrings of $55 synth transfusion
He is too much of a sieve in his own mugger story
still life photos that castle rock climb
in brown eyes dead
sucks the sun down a straw and
massacres that crinkle brunette curl
a need to please before he kills,
the most dangerous kind.
so cold once you get inside his flannel.
once he flaunts his fake hair dryer heat
launders your arms and wrists scoping for a way in
every day since that day
she craved violence
He rupped the tremors out of her person
she whispers at night
‘cept u and me babe. ‘cept you and me babe
longs to sucker punch him by the fridge.
a force like sharks
like torso electric timing.
don’t tangle words.
waltz with her at dawn.
you eel mewl your need into the literature
sweep tears off my back.
the man in black and the man in white
need to swap.
the deep deep voice of the crinkle
unhinges his jaw
hands come out, reach for her clavicle.
Staff wear their machetes
in belt loops
yellow stripes on lapels
pink glitter cosmos
tell the planet to
do what you cannot
burn down colorless
walls the worms hiding in
the black squid ink
scratching at throats
a fake sun
carried around in a sack
race the explosive
green lush land
to a nature pink end
Jennifer MacBain-Stephens lives in Midwest and is the author of four full length poetry collections: Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress, (Yellow Chair Press, 2016) The Messenger is Already Dead, (Stalking Horse Press, 2017,) We’re Going to Need a Higher Fence, tied for first place in the 2017 Lit Fest Book Competition, and The Vitamix and the Murder of Crows, (full length collection,) recently out from Apocalypse Party Press. Her work has been nominated for Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize. She is also the author of ten chapbooks. Recent work can be seen at or is forthcoming from The Pinch, Black Lawrence Press, Prelude, Cleaver, Yalobusha Review, decomp, and Inter/rupture. Visit: http://jennifermacbainstephens.wordpress.com/