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A Ghost Escapes

By Kristin Garth

which hides inside eyelids, an armoire — grown,

alone, his captive hidden, destiny

unknown, eerily familiar — cloned bones, 

solipsistic moans, the iniquities 

of phantasms, ascension through ribcage 

first time behind pine louvered closet doors,

a whore for chasing, erasing since age 

five. Babydoll deprived forevermore 

autonomy, memory but alive —

surviving, sometimes even thriving yet 

the driving force within her is to find 

the smallest spaces where she can forget. 

A ghost escapes, well-trained, the brain’s trapdoor,

skeleton you abandon here once more.

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated sonnet stalker.  Her poetry has stalked magazines like Glass, Yes, Five:2: One, Anti-Heroin Chic, Former Cactus, Occulum, Luna Luna, & many more.  She has four chapbooks Pink Plastic House and Good Girl Games (Maverick Duck Press), Pensacola Girls (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018) and Shakespeare for Sociopaths (Hedgehog Poetry Press). She has another forthcoming, Puritan U (Rhythm & Bones Press March 2019). Her full length, Candy Cigarette, is forthcoming in April 2019 (The Hedgehog Poetry Press). She has a collaborative full length A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony forthcoming (Rhythm & Bones Press) in June 2019.  Follow her on Twitter:  (@lolaandjolie), and her website (

Soundtrack: Riverside by Agnes Obel

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