Are You The Little Death? “A few weeks after Mrs. Lisbon shut the house in maximum-security isolation, the sightings of Lux making love on the roof began.” The Virgin Suicides , Jeffrey Eugenides Will you last five minutes on my parents roof above the place my sister died? Will I be worth a quiet jaunt through child abuse, toward homemade salad dressing spermicides I must store, for more, in my own slate blue lake I climb upon to drown beneath starlight? Will you abandon me like some mistake while I’m dissipating in plain sight — a teenager in winter who called you on the phone? Any number I remember is better than being alone. At dawn I do my sleeping, lollygagger, limber inside a bedroom where I cannot breathe. Are you the little death I, at last, can leave?
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and 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 21 books of poetry including Crow Carriage (Sweet Tooth Story Books) and The Stakes (Really Serious Literature) and the editor of seven anthologies. 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