Broom by Kristin Garth

A White Male Author Emails a Woman About Her Bad Review of His Book by Jen Corrigan
July 29, 2018
Two Stories by Laura Arciniega
July 31, 2018


They speak websites, ignore, in black and white,

brunette exsanguinated tv mute
receptacle you can’t unsee.  Her tight
perfected v of thigh, the yogic brute
solidity of pose — fingered calves, sky
high, a dancer — you the pigtailed girl
abused next door variation.  Some spry
pike driven deep into dark curls
slick pubic hair, an offscreen strong-armed ghost,
bald back of head in frame now with a brush,
contextual clue — broom.  You loom engrossed
her fate already photographed.  No rush,
to flee, live girl, they summoned here to dance.
You’re doomed. You wait for it, by broom, entranced.


Kristin Garth is a poet from Pensacola and a sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked the pages of magazines like Glass, Luna Luna, Anti-Heroin Chic, Drunk Monkeys, Occulum, Moonchild Magazine & many more. Her chapbook Pink Plastic House is available through Maverick Duck Press. She has two forthcoming, Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press Sept 2018) and Shakespeare for Sociopaths (The Hedgehog Poetry Press Jan 2019). Follow her on Twitter: @lolaandjolie