In This House We Believe In

ironic paraphernalia

jumbled typefaces

blogs that pant and drool

speaking with the manager

In This House We Believe In

crocheted beanies

scrapbooks of static

the latent philosophy of tater tots

Bundt cakes that know how to testify

In This House We Believe In

pinball melodies of washer/dryer combos

chihuahuas that wear lipstick

futures that refuse their present

therapists who prescribe cages in cages

In This House We Believe In

waters we’ve stepped in

the salt & pepper of the masses

the morbid quintain

and of course, sanctimonious final lines.


Rikki Santer

Rikki Santer’s poetry has received many honors including six Pushcart and three Ohioana book award nominations as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her eleventh poetry collection, Stopover, which is in conversation with the original Twilight Zone series was recently published by Luchador Press. Please contact her through her website:

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