May 27, 2019

May 27, 2019


body like

Alexandra Corinth

body like diamond
like mud
like sharp dagger drowning

and blood has never seemed
as red as it does
in this setting sunlight
shades of iridescent and
i am a violent, twisted thing
but only inside the skin

body like wasteland
like paradise
like salt in my cavities

and there is no shame
and there is no language
except ache and jab
stab and sting
and i've never known
the silence of stillness

body like cumulus
like anemone
like constellation madness

and i stopped chasing comets
because they only offered
smoldering emptiness
even as they shimmered
all the way down my throat
into my belly’s bulb

body like broomstick
like discotheque
like shaft of metal

and quiet is a four-letter
synonym for unattainable
for broken, out of reach
and even these gnarled
branching fingertips
cannot hold it down

body like library
like greedy plunder
like curtains drawn

and freedom is shaped
like two wheels
steel grips, cold palms
and movement
smooth and uninterrupted
and i have the power now

body like clock
like anchor
like vice grip

and what a stilted refrain
belabored and insistent
death reveling in my breath
i am two hydrogens bonded
to the oxygen in my mother's lungs
and i don't have to learn to swim

body like symbol
like archetype
like window dressing

and bequeath to me the
broken promises you've
stowed in your wrist
let them weather my
joints with their rage
and storm my palace gates

body like nothing
body like everything
body like all

and it is the final time
embarrassment is wallpaper
and i can shed this like skin
tear into the gift paper looking
for forgiveness and i will find
a mirror instead, a void


Alexandra Corinth is a disabled writer and artist based in DFW. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in SWWIM, Glass, Mad Swirl, Thimble Literary Magazine, and Atticus Review, among others. Her poem, “A Guide for the Visitors of Solovetsky Monastery” was chosen as a top 10 winner of the Writer’s Garret’s 2018 Common Language Project. She is also an editorial assistant for the Southwest Review. You can find her online at