Three Poems | by Rebecca Kokitus


blood stretched like
gum from coy teeth

red string in the toilet bowl
like a single hair, or a stitch

undone—feminine evidence
is usually death-related

little blood noose, my
gallows reek of decay

the scaffold between my thighs
fell open and strangled you



the yesgirl, the
is all tongue
and no tastebud

is declawed like
a housecat, spayed,
is splayed—
her father always said

I will break you like
an animal
I will beat the feral
out of you

to break a man, you
must be more prey
than mate, to
break a woman

—you can’t.


bloody mary

root rotten
sweet tooth


silken innards
bloody my palms

shear my flesh
velvet offering

to whichever
spirit is listening



Rebecca Kokitus is a poet residing in the Philadelphia area. She has had poetry and prose published in various journals and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2018. Her poetry chapbook, Blue Bucolic is forthcoming from Thirty West Publishing House in 2019. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @rxbxcca_anna, and you can read more of her writing on her website:

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