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Five Poems From PTSD (Juliet III) – Sarah Xerta

A preview of Sarah Xerta‘s upcoming Juliet III published at Drunk In A Midnight Choir

Juliet (I) is a free echap published thru H_NGM_N Books, & Juliet (II) is a Nostrovia! Poetry‘s 2015 Chapbook Contest winner, available in print at a ‘pay-what-you-can’ rate.



 I want to stop thinking about rape I want to stop having been raped I want my friends to stop having been raped I am wanting on the behalf of millions of people Which might be why I wake up With an anvil hooked in each of my shoulders Telling me to lie the fuck down What the fuck is wrong with you Thinking you matter enough To even think about standing upright A vertical spine is useless to him And these are useless things to think about Which goes well with my useless body Although I heard that every six months Your skin cells completely regenerate Meaning that every inch of me is pure again If we want to be technical about it If we want to try to attempt some comfort Like how the billions of people on Earth Make the number of people I’ve fucked Such a…

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Jeremiah Walton is wary of bios, but there's the current sign they're flying: “Jeremiah Walton is founder of Nostrovia! Press & traveling bookstore Books & Shovels. They’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival, Oakland Beast Crawl, San Francisco Lit Crawl, Death Rattle, the Kansas City Poetry Throwdown, Cleveland’s Guide to Kulchur: Snoetry, among other lit fests, street corners, & living rooms across the country. They loath-themselves, & are struggling to find a healthy extension of the poem that incorporates publishing. Consistently confused, & trying to make space for compassion for the parts of myself I hate.” That feels like tattooing "love me" across my neck, but hopefully you get to know me thru my poems, not the accolades that are nothing more than memories to let go of.

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