Berries tumble from the screw top
plump and disorderly
like a newborn or a blood clot.
They mingle with peanut butter
sticky as a reputation, smothering
the kind of bread that only sad women buy.
It is raining like it has never rained before.
Fat, satisfied drops
wetting all things to sleep.
Every bottle is filled with you
this bitter brew, the sweet ones, too.
I pour until we’re strangers.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:
two assholes fall in love but it doesn’t work out.
There’s too much shit between them
C.J. Strauss is a transgender writer and artist currently pursuing their B.A. in English at Barnard College. Their art and writing has been published both internationally and domestically by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, The Claremont Review, Vade Mecum Magazine, GREYstone Youth Litmag, Echoes Literary Magazine, RATROCK Magazine, and the Barnard Bulletin.
C.J. presently interns at the Poetry Society of New York and the Visible Poetry Project where their responsibilities include social media management and community engagement.
CJ's identity is unstable and dynamic. Currently they identify as female, trans-masculine, or non-binary and use she/her, he/him, or they/them pronouns.