abuse

Palimpsest

Palimpsest 750 983 Judith Kingston

In which joy and wonder are born out of darkness The bruises are gone but the ridges of your fingerprints can never be rubbed off by other, more gentle hands,…

Seme(n)tery

Seme(n)tery 1920 1440 Marilee Goad

Trigger warning: depictions of sexual abuse   You bury your past between thighs open up secrets from graves disinterred lives saying kill the beast which does not look like you…

The Clothes I Was Wearing

The Clothes I Was Wearing 1920 1252 Sandy Ebner

October 31, 1976 It was just after two in the morning when I finally stepped outside the bar and paused to light a cigarette. Exhausted, I leaned against the wall…

But It Did Happen

But It Did Happen 1920 1390 Kristin Garth

and they will bring you medicine, bald spots beige suits, the other ones, averting eyes, grind teeth between pink cotton polka dots. You sniff their bouquets poppies, powderized to chase…

Patriarchal

Patriarchal 1746 759 Rachel Nix

He used to come up behind me, tell me I’d make some man a fine wife. Didn’t know the kind of man I wanted, if I wanted a man at…

Clean Shaven

Clean Shaven 1600 1200 Tianna G. Hansen

Content warning: contains descriptions of sexual abuse.   Never granted a single kiss on these lips or the ones —    bright pink roses between taut legs, scissors ready to…

Sanctuary

Sanctuary 1920 1080 Wanda Deglane

one day, my mother stops coming down for dinner. she goes to a place not even my father can drag her back from, sleeping day after day in my brother’s…

Buried in the Ground

Buried in the Ground 2500 1406 L.N. Holmes

There are few things your dad can do that will surprise you, but sending your cat back to the shelter and claiming to bury a bunch of money in the…

And I bent over like a sow

And I bent over like a sow 1920 1440 Elisabeth Horan

Worked me over something good Made me a jenny a heifer a mare Used the gifts I brought to bear My shoulders my muscle my mane Flaxen haired pony…. A…

Grounded

Grounded 1920 1409 Katherine Tweedle

I’m thirteen years old when I first press my index finger to the back of my throat. My stomach lurches and I heave, expelling a stream of sour, stinking bile.…

Sister

Sister 2500 1406 Ian S. Wilson

I’ve spent my whole life dying.  I’ve lived a life like I was dying.  I’ve been dying to meet the right person, I’ve been dying to be something, I’ve been…

Bog means god in Serbian

Bog means god in Serbian 2500 1406 Susan Richardson

For Bojana She is the call of a raven, sparrow bones, a cello suite wrapped in the flames of a punk rock refrain. She went into war with sparks on…

Letters to a Dead Racehorse #6, #8

Letters to a Dead Racehorse #6, #8 2500 1406 Jill Mceldowney

#6 Can you tell me how much longer I get to be alive and in love? Maybe a person only gets a choice between the two and maybe it is…

The Tetris Effect

The Tetris Effect 1920 1080 Amy Charlotte Kean

What damage can be done with two black eyes? Real destruction, like the planes of nine eleven Like a blunt twig, snapped in half and lobbed to heaven or some…

Hurt

Hurt 1000 750 Chimeka Garricks

Your mother starts crying when Dami turns up for his funeral. He is fashionably late. You expect this. You also expect him to overdo his entrance, but you are still…

It’s Just That Sometimes I Feel Trapped

It’s Just That Sometimes I Feel Trapped 1449 720 Megan Neville

He refuses to eat vegetables from our garden, says nothing grown half a mile from a steel mill can be safe. What about me, then? But I, I refuse to…

Death is the Color White

Death is the Color White 3543 2370 Lydia Durunguma

“Your lips are a door, your mind is the key.” Those words your mother whispered to you scream louder in your head than her ensuing screeches as they placed the…