What Rough Beast | Poem for July 16, 2017

Karen Hildebrand
Damage Control

“Kissed, not baked.” Tell that
to the seething patch of scaly red
currently ravaging my cheekbone.
Ticking time bomb, that one,
still stewing over the makeout
session we had in the backyard
in 1974. Yes, I said backyard!
It wasn’t even the beach.
How long will she hold
a grudge, it’s fair to ask.


Karen Hildebrand’s recent poetry publications include, “Steve Bannon Visits the White House” (What Rough Beast, Indolent Books), “Benefits (in the voice of Kellyanne Conway)” (Maintenant 11, Three Rooms Press) and “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” (Portable Boog City Reader). “A History of Feminism,” forthcoming in great weather for MEDIA’s anthology, was a finalist for the 2017 Disquiet Literary Prize. In 2013, her work was adapted for the play, The Old In and Out, produced in NYC. She lives in Brooklyn and is chief content officer for Dance Magazine.

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