LET’S say the blonde girl has something
shadowy whispering in her ear each night.
Hundreds of bears lumber outside her
windows. Her mouth like an open seam. A
small cut in the dark; club-footed, claw-
hearted. The bears outside her window watch
the boys climb, one by one, up to the roof to
touch her face. Her murmurs are slender,
silky, like the backs of calves. Let’s say the
dark writes itself anew along the walls each
night. The words like a bubble in the throat
until they burst.
A writer and visual artist, Kristy Bowen is the author of several book, chapbook, and zine projects, including the forthcoming beautiul, sinister (Maverick Duck Press, 2013) and girl show (Black Lawrence, 2013). She lives in Chicago where she runs dancing girl press & studio, devoted to paper-oriented arts and publishing work by women writers/artists.
Andrew Koch’s poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Bluestem, Connotation Press, Mojo, Rust + Moth, and others. Although a Tennessee-native, Andrew presently lives in Spokane, Washington with his wife and cat while teaching literature and pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at Eastern Washington University.