ISSUE EIGHT: Melty Slayers | next poem →


Samantha Duncan

A tough caution
for the rice paper hope
faithfully sticking out
of my dELiA*s catalogue,
I ruffle the pages
for a skin-lightening
instruction manual.
Like last time,
a blonde falls out,
instantly becomes
legs, Ferrari, ice cream,
a rain-soaked light bulb,
for whom armor shows up.
Claire Danes, I am
your detritus, swept
by the torn hems
of JNCOs against this
sparkle-dirt, where even
melancholy is a tough
propaganda for the un-fair-
skinned. Claire Danes,
I won’t perfect your
ugly cry or furrowed brow,
but I’ll live inside them
until I’m cut out and glued
on a collage declaring
in ransom-note font,
my mouth sealed
with wet rice paper hope
of attracting young Montague.

Samantha Duncan is the author of the chapbooks One Never Eats Four (ELJ Publications, 2014) and Moon Law (Wild Age Press, 2012), and her recent work has appeared or is forthcoming in Menacing Hedge, Fruita Pulp, and Posit. She serves as Executive Editor for ELJ Publications and reads for Gigantic Sequins. She lives in Houston and can be found at and @SamSpitsHotFire.

ISSUE EIGHT: Melty Slayers | next poem →

ISSUE Eight: Melty Slayers

Laurin DeChae
   Snakes & Ladders
   It Will Be Alive

Jessie Janeshek
   Future Girls with Bikinis
     beneath Bruce Springsteen Tees

Samantha Duncan

Kenzie Allen
   According to Science

Jessy Randall
   Here comes a poor woman
      from baby-land

   Here comes an old woman,
     nimble namble

Ruben Rodriguez
   Because I’m Bad Ass and
      I Said So

Colleen Coyne

Rob Cook
   Unmarked Neural Pathways

Jon Riccio
   The Area Code for ESP

Jennifer MacBain-Stephens

Roger Williams
   Come Eleven

Matthew Johnstone
   Boatship: Port Layout Gossips

Daniel Schwartz

Amy Carlberg

   Embody the State of the World