2 poems by KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ






asses


boys were laughing after

he joked about asses after


he ran out of the room

I was left on a king size bed after


plunging pain still pulsing up my core

he threw me turned over coming down after


pinched my hips tight with one hand

doused my asshole in lube with the other after


drunkenly plopped my drunken self

falling into the room after


taking jello shots, twisting tongues

enough to create catcallers after


i told him i loved him, he said me too

to help prevent further cheating after


i punched him in the ribs when he said he

would do whatever he wanted, me crying after

realizing toxicity delivers more pain than change after

listen, sweet children, you must stop this cycle after






indiana(polis)


after Tim Dlugos’s ALLENTOWN


sleeping to

sunshine and

still being

stoned and

trying to

stay virginal before

sundown comes




KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.”  Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative writing (poetry) at City College of New York. She is also the Assistant Editor for the online poetry publication Unfold Magazine and the Features Manager for The Speakeasy Project. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Yes Poetry, Philosophical Idiot, and then Flying Island Journal where she was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017.

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