Poems and Texts

“Sonnet (29)” by Nikki Wallschlaeger

Sonnet (29)

To drag one’s razed cesarean stories
It is fresh, it is not picked over
A family of unlikable women
I was just verifying what we
were having for lunch today
a crackling of meridian points
like watching a yellow duckie race
I wear their food all over my clothes
shopping for more lifestyle items
you can only play with squirt guns
in the backyard never the frontyard
I may be saying the same thing again
looks like it’s going to snow today
looks like it’s going to rain today

First appeared in The Inquisitive Eater

Photo: Nikki Walschlager

Nikki Wallschlaeger

Nikki Wallschlaeger is the author of the full-length collections Crawlspace (Bloof Books, 2017) and Houses (Horseless Press, 2015), as well as the graphic chapbook I Hate Telling You How I Really Feel from Bloof Books (2016). Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in the Brooklyn Rail, LIT, jubilat, Apogee, Georgia Review, Witness, Denver Quarterly, Spoon River Review, and others. She was an editor for Bettering American Poetry Anthology 2015, a project promoting the work of marginalized writers. She lives in Wisconsin.

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