after Poison and Langston Hughes
High school freshmen cheer tryouts are to
that Poison song — your fundamentalist
mother prattles on while you attempt to chew
asparagus as if this is beneficence,
intervention over sustenance. Know
that this is it for you, no tiny skirts
gold flared blue, no daughter in a live porn show.
You cannot even admit that it hurts —
sense a future waits, perverse, where you’ll cheer three
evenings a week, pom poms, uniformed
physique to NIN and Korn, dirty
talk, choreography performed
with the gravitas of any deferred dream.
Desire, in strip clubs, isn’t always obscene.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated stalker. She is a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal). 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