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  November 2019
volume 16 number 2
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  home   (archived)
  featured poets
  Stefanie Bennett
  Jack G. Bowman
  Deborah Edler Brown
  Sir Mark Bruback
  Chella Courington
  Rich Follett
  Alex Hernandez
  Cynthia Linville
  Rick Lupert
  William Mohr
  Larissa Shmailo
  Michael Dwayne Smith
  Martin Willitts, Jr
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Chella Courington November 2019



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    Chella Courington is a writer and teacher. With a Ph.D. in American and British Literature and an MFA in Poetry, she is the author of six poetry and three flash fiction chapbooks. Her poetry appears in numerous anthologies and journals including Spillway, Gargoyle, Pirene's Fountain, and The Los Angeles Review. Originally from the Appalachian South, Courington lives in California with another writer and two cats. For more information:
Chella Courington



To Poseidon

I have no vaginal teeth to castrate you.
No wish to turn you into stone.

I only want you to feel the sting of
shame for placing

your hands on my body.
Pulling my shoulders like oars

on a rough sea. Why did you think I was
your vessel to jibe & tack at will?

Did driving me give a kind of strength
your body alone could not?

Were you sore for days after forcing
your way?

Did you ache from black bruises
Did my scratches burn your chest?

Your hair? Is it a knot of hissing snakes
coiling around your neck?

And your eyes. Are they drill holes where
the living become gray dust?

copyright 2019 Chella Courington