THEY SAY WHEN YOU’RE DROWNING, YOU LET EVERYTHING GO TO SURVIVE by CHLOE N. CLARK

VAGABOND CITY

It tastes like tin
the chocolate cut with metallic
tinge

no tin
ge

I’m sorry I never told you
I’m sorry I told you
I’m sorry I didn’t tell you everything

When you kissed me
all the colors drained from the room
I watched them pool onto the floor
and there was only you left
bright, bright
as the forest fire

                        I don’t remember
I don’t remember what her name was
I don’t remember the color of his eyes

I couldn’t breathe
that summer when a cold
slipped into my lungs
heavy as the humid-air
my mother, she pressed
cold washcloths to my forehead

Help yourself
Help me, I’m looking for this book
Help
It tastes sweet
on my tongue
sweet molasses
rich, bleeds between
my teeth

Please I’m sorry
Please I don’t remember
Please help
You

in the window
the light bleeds
in around you
and you
look…

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Dystopic(s)

Over at Nerds of a Feather, for our series of DYSTOPIAN VISIONS, I got the chance to write about dystopia, violence, and writing with my friend (and very awesome rhetorician) Philippe Meister. This is a discussion that I gained a ton from and was a great experience writing together. So, dearest readers, if you’re interested, I’d love for you to check it out here!

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5 new things

Dear reader,

 

I’m off to an auspicious start to this week.

I have a short story in the latest print issue of Rosebud, called “The Collective Gravity of Stars.”

I also have two poems in this months issue of Gamut. You can read them here if you have a subscription to the mag (and you should get one, they are awesome)!

I have another poem in the spring issue of Liminality, which can be read here!

And I have a poem up at Reckoning as well–read it here!

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3 new poems

Dearest Reader,

 

I have 3 new poems, alongside some amazing work, in the latest issue of Ghost City Review. You can read it here!

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2 new poems

Dearest Readers,

I have two news poems up at the latest issue of the wonderful Freezeray Poetry. One poem is about Flukeman and one is about Devin Harris.

You can read them both here!

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2 new poems

Dearest Readers,

I have two news poems up today, which I am extremely grateful to say. Both of these pieces are from a new collection that I’m working on.

The first, “Error Codimg,” is up at b(oink) zine. It can be read here!

The second, “All Melusin’s Daughters,” is over at Rust + Moth. You can read it here!

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New post at Ploughshares

Today, at Ploughshares, I wrote about women, violence, and fairy tales. You can read it here!

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