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.


Pod Declaration

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/