We Want Out

A tainted ghost plate
breaks through the wall.
The pieces left are small,
almost invisible,
until all the lights go out.
Then handfuls of shards glow
in the dark like a sharp fever,
like a shape shifter.
Still hardy anyone
can perceive us the way we desire.
Why can’t they feel us,
a shimmering force field
inside the red clots.
Most just want to feel flesh.
They don’t care if it’s damaged,
as long as it opens for them.
Most just want to crack us open
like bloody eggs,
drip the red out
and then penetrate the holes.


IMG_4250 (2)Juliet Cook is a grotesque glitter witch medusa hybrid brimming with black, grey, silver, purple, and red explosions. Her poetry has appeared in a peculiar multitude of literary publications, recently including FLAPPERHOUSE, Ghost Proposal, H_NGM_N, ILK, and Menacing Hedge. She is the author of more than thirteen published poetry chapbooks, most recently including POISONOUS BEAUTYSKULL LOLLIPOP (Grey Book Press, 2013), RED DEMOLITION (Shirt Pocket Press, 2014) and a collaborative chapbook with Robert Cole, MUTANT NEURON CODEX SWARM (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2015). Another new collaborative chapbook by Juliet Cook and j/j hastain, Dive Back Down, is forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press later in 2015. Cook’s first full-length poetry book, Horrific Confection was published by BlazeVOX in 2008 and her second full-length poetry book, Malformed Confetti, is forthcoming from Crisis Chronicles Press later in 2015. You can find out more at http://www.JulietCook.weebly.com.

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