after Neon Demon
He is a keeper, Lolitas and keys, broke down
motel of falsified ID’s. Children
professionals teach to seduce. Small town
pageant princesses fleeing abuse spend
their days in body paint maybe meant for
a porn, then dinners with directors where
a twenty something’s scorned before
they lay down pretty heads into his care.
He does not need a key to penetrate
their nightmares. Pairs them together with thin
common walls. Neighbors’ fate reverberates
through them all. Runaways make it in
to this city long legs their skeleton keys.
He is the last keeper some doe eyes see.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of seventeen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket from Roaring Junior Press. She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com