? SLAB | Sound & Literary Art Book

Issue 9

Contest Winners

Lisa M. Cole

To Love You is to Vex You Now


All that’s left: arsenal roses &
too many cheap rhinestones.

You’ve got gravel in your mouth—
a lousy gluttony for
the brash gloom
of your weakened ghouls—

the blackened ruts & holes in their bodies—
their see-through stains.

You know what they say is true:
you do not own what is lost.