catherine of siena

by Madison Zehmer


this body is not a body / it is sin / I

want to drown / watch me fill my pockets with stones / wade

into water / how can I apologize / for

space / I exist / do I / would it be better / to

evaporate or to ignite / alive / I am

not / holy / how can I be / with this flesh / I am

my enemy / silence / I do not see mirrors /

I become / am I teardrop or testimony /

the sound of rain on a broken body / something

like salvation / wish I was pure light / nothing else /



Madison Zehmer is a 22-year-old emerging poet and wannabe historian from North Carolina, with work in Déraciné, Gone Lawn, Drunk Monkeys, LandLocked, and more. She is the editor in chief of Mineral Lit Mag, and her first chapbook, Unhaunting, will be released by Kelsay Books in 2021.





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