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Insomnia

by Kristin LaFollette

It is dark—

 

I have a camera to

capture still shots

 

of the city and your

brain before it changes

and forms into:

 

Lights—

Green and red from traffic

White from the street

 

I jump from a concrete

pillar, the camera sitting

heavy against your watery

chest, the lens cap still on;

it is dark:

 

The flash capturing our

bodies suspended in the

air as we jump,

 

cold

oxygen

in our

mouths

 

Your lips, blue

 

Me in a red sweater,

you in black, a figure

fading into the air—

 

Invisible body,

nocturnal animal

 

Kristin LaFollette is a PhD candidate at Bowling Green State
University in Rhetoric and Writing and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and her work has been featured in RED INKCommon Ground ReviewBridge EightWest Trade Review, and Poetry Quarterly, among others. Her work was featured in the 2017 anthology Ohio’s Best Emerging Poets, and Kristin’s manuscript Body Parts won the grand prize in the 2017 GFT Press Chapbook Contest and was published in March 2018. She currently lives in northwest Ohio. You can visit her at kristinlafollette.com.

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Poetry, The River

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