compulse
 
katherine indermaur

I feel responsible

    for everything this

    morning, meaning  

I harbor a regal sadness.

 

My children, my

    kingdom are endless

    & on fire. I

bargain. I threaten. 

 

I make promises thin

    as ice & see

    -through. I swear

my demise & yours

 

are thicker than blood &

    boiling. On the news

    227 cold-stunned 

sea turtles are dead off

 

Cape Cod. Their barely

    biodegradable shells

    sink like fingernails

to tile the ocean floor.

 

Come evening, all my

    cuticles disappear. 

    Come evening,

come here. 

Katherine Indermaur is the author of the chapbook Pulse (Ghost City Press, 2018). Her manuscript "Girl Descends Asunder" was a finalist for the 2019 Gasher Journal First-Book Scholarship. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Bad Pony, Calamity, Coast|NoCoast, Entropy, Frontier Poetry, Ghost Proposal, Muse /A Journal, New Delta Review, Oxidant|Engine, Poetry South, Sugar House Review, Voicemail Poems, and elsewhere. She holds a BA from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MFA from Colorado State University, where she won the 2018 Academy of American Poets Prize. She lives in Salt Lake City. Find her online at katherineindermaur.com.

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