• Grace Anderson

AWP: Intro Journals Project Winner, Poetry


kintsugi

movement flickers

under the pale sheet of SSRIs.

the sharpest parts of my fingers

dig into my palm,

excavating crescents

in bruised shades of purple.

i hold a galaxy in my hand.

the elixir glazes my gut

in nauseating swirls.

my chained beast squirms

where alchemy tinkers.

its fickle teeth burrow

into the wood of my flesh.

scarlet punctures expose infestation.

shadows of its larger self

linger, betrayed

by capsule-shaped dust.

flecks of sun seep inside

vacant jigsaws, lacquering

the horizon of my body.

i mend myself with gold.

Grace Anderson is currently studying English at Metropolitan State University.

"kintsugi" was selected by Stephanie L. Harper as one of 2019's AWP: Intro Journals Project Winners, a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. More information about the program can be found here.