Two Poems by Ahja Fox

3 Poems by Darren Demaree
June 12, 2018
Spontaneous Combustion by David Joez Villaverde
June 13, 2018

Death Ritual While Alive


1. offer right hand

husked by a paring knife

in exchange for a book

written by a dead girl

2. say it is for your mother

name hinged to earlobes

veins resistant like Kevlar

3. understand

it happens in threes

number of minutes

number of crows

amount of bodies

plucked through the eye

in a single sundown

marbled cerulean

4. run ink down

the soft of your throat

before lacing your lips

with jumpsuit strings

5. pack a corporal cloth

into abdominal cavity


6. allow the sheet to be read

by the body and blood

of whatever reaper comes



To My Therapist

I think I have a fetish, addiction
to heartbeats and tobacco hair
looping around belly rings
I keep swallowing piano
keys belonging to a one-legged lady
who teaches children to worship
the surgery of music, harmonic
science in the name of hello
this tune echoes chink
chink of glasses saying silence
I play dead around construction
as a cure for missing her
that octopus tattoo twisting pink
my finger splitting cinnamon
cake batter as hers strokes
the back of Lucia, our dead tabby
tell me is it normal
to plug my ears to the sound
of blues cracking the sky open
like my chest when she waved


Ahja Fox resides in Aurora, Colorado with her artist husband with whom she creates multimedia pieces. She is an avid reader, dancer, and a researcher of all things morbid and supernatural. Her other passion is acting as co-host/ co-partner of Art of Storytelling (a reading series in Denver). You can find her work published or forthcoming in Driftwood Press, Rigorous, Noctua Review, The Perch, Progenitor Art & Literary Journal, Taxicab Magazine, and more. Stay up-to-date on her reading/performance schedule and publications by following her on Instagram and Twitter at aefoxx.