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2022 Issue  >  Poetry  >  Eisotrophobia

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Artwork by Jesse Lee Kercheval


Arrielle Eckhardt

Again     I am looking at her       through a mirror covered

In mold        creeping up into her mouth          crusting over her eyes    

Shielding her      consuming her      she cannot see me       she cannot and will not  

Hear me     I am yelling     straining for her          my lungs are bleeding      

I will let them flood    before I let her go                   but only the pulsing rot   

Fills her ears         seeps into her brain      it is not her I am worried about        

But me         who's on the outside         pleading          convulsing      

I close my eyes     my head slams into her    until   

The rusted yellow sink fills     with our blood           and corroded shards of glass 

She covers me now                      I can smell the mildew on her breath           

As she whispers             “Now look what you’ve done”

Arrielle Eckhardt is an undergraduate student at UW-Platteville with a major in English and an emphasis in Professional Writing.

 Jesse Lee Kercheval is a writer, translator, and graphic artist. Her recent books include the short story collection Underground Women and La crisis es el cuerpo, a bilingual edition of her poetry, translated by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg, published in Argentina by Editorial Bajo la luna. Her recent graphic narratives, comics and art have appeared in Waxwing, The Quarantine Public Library, On the Seawall, Sweet Lit, and New Letters.

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