Alana Saltz: Such Small Furniture & Other Poems

Such Small Furniture

And it hurt,

                                   my 

                       fury

made                   

of 

                                 splinters

                       She never tries.

dynamite        ready

to explode

     our

                                dollhouse

             the little doors open and close

you need   a microscope

                         to 

                                                         break

her

(This is an erasure poem. Source text: Andrews, V.C. Flowers in the Attic. New York: Pocket, 1979, pp. 185-188.)

Every Room

        I would look into

                   closed doors

              to touch

               plants         growing

                  fur

                          flutter

                  spider legs

                 up her arms

            dazzle

     dust

                            to

sleep

                                                  in

a voice that didn’t       sound like me

(This is an erasure poem. Source text: Andrews, V.C. Flowers in the Attic. New York: Pocket, 1979, pp. 335-341.)

Nobody Saw Us

              the skeleton tree

sobbed, and                        we

weren’t safe

            hands       had reached    

                and

                      drifted back

              the wind kept blowing

                     weak as    straws

     take

            fresh air        in capsules

                             swallow the 

                  cold

                                                sea

(This is an erasure poem. Source text: Andrews, V.C. Flowers in the Attic. New York: Pocket, 1979, pp. 173-177.)

Alana Saltz is the editor-in-chief of Blanket Sea, an arts & literary magazine that showcases work by creators living with illness and disability. Her poetry has appeared in Occulum, Five:2:One, Moonchild Magazine, Rust+Moth, and more. You can find out more at alanasaltz.com and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.