Behold

the sun’s tent

the deposition of popcorn

hives of pink sugar


fingered men

knuckles black and puckered

from absence

smoking like Turks


I am faint

with patchwork grandeur


So, I unroll

my brindled life


the big


slip


Lo

I’m off to marry

the Carnival King


who will screw

to perfect snugness


all the bolts I’ll ever know


Taylor Kensel grew up in southeast Idaho and moved to Spokane four years ago to attend the Inland Northwest Center for Writers MFA program at Eastern Washington University. She holds an MFA in poetry and continues to work at Eastern in the Office of Community Engagement and also coordinates Eastern's annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium. (Go EAGS!)

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