I am more than interlaced        fingers,

a tangle of limbs


As I get older, I am learning

the difference between


words that are blue and words that      are

dark like the insides of people—


Clots and handfuls of flesh

that are more than my gender,


more than my wild ankles

with the bones round and clear like planets


The arsenal is the judgement of

my womanhood—


I was never a person with blood on her hands,

never the




A creation, I was an infant child born in the middle,

a girl in a brother’s clothing


Words have meaning, despite what

people say


Now is a time when the


punishment for everything is



by Kristin LaFollette


Kristin LaFollette received her BA and MA in English and creative writing from Indiana University. She is a PhD student in the English (Rhetoric & Writing) program at Bowling Green State University. Her poems have been featured in West Trade Review, Poetry Quarterly, Lost Coast Review, Slipstream Press, The Light Ekphrastic, The Main Street Rag, and River Poets Journal, among others. She also has artwork featured in Harbinger Asylum, Plath Profiles: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Sylvia Plath Studies, Pretty Owl Poetry, and Spry Literary Journal. She lives with her husband in northwestern Ohio. You can visit her at kristinlafollette.blogspot.com.


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