KRISTINE ESSER SLENTZ is originally from northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area, or what’s lovingly called “The Region.” Kristine is a Purdue University alum who studied English literature and creative writing. Currently, Kristine is earning her MFA in creative wr...
At the end here’s subtractive serendipity, the morning stars dissolve like fading perfume
splashes in your yawn, down the icicle of your atma. What makes our togetherness
monochromatic of antiquity? Come let’s smell the frankincense of this pregna...
You burned your infant sister’s face with boiling water.
Did you ever like the color red and its fiery gradient?
I saw when you set fire to the white sofa in your living room.
I was relieved when you burned it down.
I never liked...
All my life I’ve been running into people who declare, “Magic makes the world
a bigger place” as if conjuring greasy spells out of methamphetamine dust
and werewolf dandruff somehow gives your eyes binocular grace, dulls your narrowness
so you see th...
she was a brilliant light that could
effortlessly defeat all-consuming darkness
I cocooned myself in, did not know
anyone could exist who possessed
such a vision, had an innocence
I could not compete. And that was
my undoing - competition impossible, ...
His hands moved me like strings
attached to a marionette deftly,
as I danced for him my body lifted
to each movement of his hands like
a caress along every inch of me.
I would feel him as I swung into a
perfect pirouette, I the lithe tigress
stalking in the...