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One Poem – Sonya Vatomsky

Sonya Vatomsky is a Moscow-born, Seattle-raised poet and the author of “Salt is for Curing” (Sator Press) & “My Heart in Aspic” (Porkbelly Press). Find them by saying their name five times in front of a bathroom mirror or at and @coolniceghost.

“Mourning Hair, Don’t Care” by Sonya, featured below, is previously published in Fuck Art, Let’s Dance, Issue #012.

Mourning Hair, Don’t Care

Hot kiss of overwhelming anxiety
on my neck’s nape and the sun
out its room a punished teenager
shrieking and cursing and swearing
it’ll be better this time or at least
it’ll be different and we’re somewhat
optimistic because who isn’t when
the wind goes warm and one’s chest
opens up and anticipation runs
impulse control off the road, ethical
killing, teeth and taxidermy and
wet specimens, the sinewy heartache
preserved in a jar that means I’ve
won, I’ve imbued a faint trace of
meaning into this inanimate
vodka world by leaving life in a
dark cupboard all those years and
I am rising, like a phoenix or like
bile, throat and ashes everywhere.

Filed under: Fuck Art, Let's Dance, Poetry, Uncategorized

About the Author

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Oi ! I’m Jeremiah Walton. For the past ~3 years I’ve been bopping around the U.S. between hitchhiking + rubber tramping, running traveling bookstore Books & Shovels + indie publisher Nostrovia! Press. My focus is in-person distribution at open mics + features + busking. Word of mouth is a fulfilling & feels to be a more intimate promotional process. I’ve featured at the NYC Poetry Festival + San Francisco Lit Crawl + Snoetry Cleveland + Beast Crawl Oakland + This Lil Lit Fest + street corners across the country. There’s a handful of my books floating around the country, but most recently is “From Here Til Utopia” (Ghost City Press). Raccoons + coyotes are my companions. Hope you dig the poems, much love, thank you❤

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