Three Poems by Sara Matson

microtraumas by Emma-Louise Adams
August 2, 2018
A Heartless Dawn by Drishti Soni
August 4, 2018

<elemental dawn>

savor the presacrifice
inside voice on a north
south dollar
store cul-de-sac //
madness lies
in longing
in long lines
in log lies
+ behind the summer
in blackened snaps
a fragile cat /
(ancient masonry insistence)
licked the parts
cooling on the sill”




she smelled
of strawberry
yogurt +
that first cigarette
after a frantic
boob slapping dash
to the dry stuffed
bus //

dusty gold
fingers below glass
dreamy strings transformed
her soft palate to
shredded coconut meat ///
she curled into an unwashed
armpit to sleep (dreams)
descending from the vaulted
ceiling like
unhinged spiders




psychics parboiling predictions
to toughen a prince’s
unappreciated shrieks

elsewhere //
feasts r named
like theater

be dyin’
be held
bejeweled //
pleasure is a divine mutation

bronze belly of the mud
goddess divulges vellum
confessions –
a barefoot purple
future ///
your king
when the dancin’s

(boudoirs miserable

mortal ripples manifest as
blushed laughter
for whom mysteries
are necessity

About the Author

sara matson’s writing can be found or is forthcoming in Anti-Heroin Chic, A) Glimpse) Of), Poached Hare, Burning House Press, OCCULUM Journal, Dream Pop Press, Waxing and Waning, and elsewhere. she lives in Chicago with her rad husband + cats, and tweets as @skeletorwrites