The Inbetween by Ruth Baumann


Turn a light on over & over.
This sleep has a particular sound,
like what the world sounds like
to ringing ears. (Not opposite.)
See everything & focus on nothing,
someone incorrect said.
There are fantasy worlds built of gingerbread,
of concrete, of wax paper
& of the warm shape a body leaves
after it exits a bed.


Ruth Baumann received her MFA from the University of Memphis, & begins her PhD at Florida State University in the fall. Her chapbook I’ll Love You Forever & Other Temporary Valentines won the Salt Hill Dead Lake Chapbook Contest in 2014. Her poems are published or forthcoming in Colorado Review, Sonora Review, Sycamore Review, The Journal, Third Coast & others listed at