why are you single?

Laura Hoffman


I was gutted
like a fucking deer
through a zippery caesarean slash
hanging by one leg, I became
the most unholy pendulum

a tenant inside
my own taxidermized remains
stuffed with itchy artifice
catching a lonely light
with the white crescent wildness
of my marble eyes


Laura Hoffman is a United States Marine Corps Veteran enrolled in The University of Tampa’s MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her most recent work is forthcoming or appears in: 2River, Bop Dead City, Enizagam, Typishly, The Bangalore Review, Chaleur Magazine, Night Picnic, Noir Nation, and Flypaper Magazine. Hoffman is also the winner of The 2018 Wainright Award for Poetry.


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