The Wardrobe’s Best Dressed: Her Kind by Cindy Veach

This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Her Kind by Cindy Veach, released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.

He Punishes Me with Flowers

		Knowing they’re my favorite, 
he brings 
red gerberas to the settlement meeting.

		Guilt schleps them back to my apartment. 
Guilt places them in the living room.
I can barely look at them 

		on the borrowed coffee table. 
Watch how I avert my eyes 
when I walk by.
		I decide to help them die. 
Withhold water. Resist 
investigating the stems 

		for telltale signs of rot. 
They were scarlet. 
Now they’re darker. They’re dried- 

		up blood. They sit there 
and insinuate.

Cindy Veach is the author of Her Kind (CavanKerry Press) a finalist for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal, Gloved Against Blood (CavanKerry Press), a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize and a Massachusetts Center for the Book ‘Must Read,’ and the chapbook, Innocents (Nixes Mate). Her poems have appeared in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-DayAGNI, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poet Lore and Salamander among othersCindy is the recipient of the Philip Booth Poetry Prize and the Samuel Allen Washington Prize. She is co-poetry editor of MER (Mom Egg Review). 

Kirsten Kowalewski is the editor for online horror fiction review resource Monster Librarian. She has an MLS and a specialist certificate in school library media from Indiana University, has worked as a children’s librarian and elementary school media specialist, and is a lifelong reader.


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