Cornflake Girl By torrin a. greathouse

Cornflake Girl

after Tori Amos & jamie mortara

never was a cornflake girl / wake up body all jagged

angles & chest curving / into a broken arch

blood hardens [inside / like a reminder]

never was a                                           / girl, Rabbit

where’d you put your keys / girl?

blood hardens under / [my skirt or] the orange

peel moon / as if i were a werewolf, Rabbit

where’d you put your keys / girl?

between my fingers / [like jagged claws]

thought that was a good solution / & the man

[with the golden gun] / thinks he knows so much

like how to open this body / with a pair of wolves

teeth & cock hard / knows how to ignore the way

blood hardens [on tender skin] / into a broken arch

this is not

this is not

this is not really happening

[you bet your life it is]

never was a                                  girl / before the blood

moon hardens [in the sky] / puddle of rust

[on tender skin] or the man / who made me jagged

i wake up [& become a reminder] / Rabbit

where’d you put your keys / girl?

By torrin a. greathouse



torrin a. greathouse is a genderqueer, schizophrenic, cripple-punk from Southern California. They are the Editor and Co-Founder of Black Napkin Press. Their work has been published or is forthcoming in 3Elements Review, Assaracus, Heavy Feather Review, FreezeRay Poetry, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Polychrome Ink, Rabbit Catastrophe Review, The Thought Erotic, Emerge Literary Journal, & The Feminist Wire. torrin’s work was nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Rust + Moth. When they are not writing or editing poetry, they are trying to survive in america long enough to earn a degree.

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