Two Poems by Ariel Clark-Semyck

 

 

 

 

 

transfiguration of the part-time girl

 

ah the grotesque

glamor of being a creature

 

spending the days alone
scuttling around the apartment

catching up on medications

subsisting on coffee & canned beans

browsing new shower curtains online

 

the comfort is crushing
the opposite end of the sofa

closing in
like the spring-loaded bar of a trap

 

when i finally leave again
i comb my hair
tuck the rat's tail into my skirt

but i can smell that carcass

festering under all my clothes 

 

 

 

 

baroque period


feelings sound dumb when


i explain them aloud besides


i'm too busy hemorrhaging


through my underwear today


spending 20 dollars on menstrual cups


when i'm this broke is a cardinal sin


with each new week of void-sitting


i look more & more like a cherub


my rosy baby body keeps congealing


& i allow it i allow it to


scrape across the bed like


strawberry jam on toast


but in all sincerity


do you want to know


the real secret to staying the softest girl?


scald yourself in the shower multiple times per day

 

never let anything that hurts leave you alone 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ariel Clark-Semyck is a graduate from the University of Notre Dame. She lives in Chicago where she serves as a part-time henchwoman for various places of business. Her poems and reviews have been published in or are forthcoming in Dream Pop Journal, Witch Craft Magazine, The Nottingham Review, Third Coast Review, and Re:Visions.

 

 

 

 

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