a beautiful outlaw
Bad press? Add ache. Deter meme-streak:
assure them, we’re death-mask empaths—just
breeze-captured ash, steered here. See a TV? Act
mute. Erase a week? Act dazed. What address
redresses mar: madam, dear, the best? Here’s
a muse-blast: we’re cash at a web’s cashed ATM,
ether that passes as earth’s purr, a water-cat
dew made but heat ate. Cue the champs:
team teat. Makers, make eased the starved.
Kristi Maxwell is the author of six books of poems, including Bright and Hurtless (Ahsahta Press, 2018). Her recent work appears in Bennington Review, Black Warrior Review, and Boston Review. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Louisville.