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Here Comes Hell
Allie Marini
Writer of the Month

Here Comes Hell - from the forthcoming collection Here Comes Hell, which will be published by {dancing girl press and studio} 

with her balding bedsheets, 
              August’s bitch, strung up on the line
her feet are bleached roots
              azalea eyes,  blue from the acidic dirt of Panhandle drought

               jeweled in dangling moths, 
                        mummified for necklaces, diamond stud back
              of orb weavers spinning their eight legs
                         towards their widowhood after supper
                         taste on her humid breath like blackberries
                                  the blood sucked off salty skin
                         lashed open and welted up, thorned canes as hungry
                                  as a black swarm of mosquitoes

                                  your hand on her broad hip
                                           is a roiling storm moving across the hem
                                  of her coastline, hitched up over her thigh
                                           everything under is sunshower and sawgrass

                                           she gets you drunk
                                                   on filched communion wine, her blackberry breath  
                                           cracked over your flushed cheek
                                                   is salvation for the demons

Allie Marini holds degrees from Antioch University of Los Angeles & New College of Florida, meaning she can explain deconstructionism, but cannot perform simple math. Her work has been a finalist for Best of the Net & nominated for the Pushcart Prize, not that those distinctions mean anything. She co-edits for Lucky Bastard Press [currently on hiatus] with her man, performance poet Brennan DeFrisco. She has previously served on the masthead for Zoetic Press, NonBinary Review, Unbound Octavo, Lunch Ticket, Spry Literary Journal, The Weekenders Magazine, Mojave River Review & Press, & The Bookshelf Bombshells. Allie is the author of You Might Curse Before You Bless (ELJ Publications), Unmade & Other Poems (Beautysleep Press),  wingless, scorched & beautiful (Imaginary Friend Press), Before Fire (ELJ Publications), This Is How It Ends (Bitterzoet), Pictures From The Center Of The Universe (Paper Nautilus, winner of the Vella Prize), Cliffdiving (Nomadic Press), And When She Tasted of Knowledge (Nomadic Press), Southern Cryptozoology: A Field Guide To Beasts Of The Southern Wild (Hyacinth Girl Press), Here Comes Hell {dancing girl press}, Heart Radicals, a collaborative collection with Les Kay, Janeen Pergrin Rastall & Sandra Marchetti (ELJ Publications) & Exquisite Duet, a collaborative collection co-authored with Brennan DeFrisco (Hermeneutic Chaos Press). Allie rarely sleeps, & her mother has hypothesized that she is actually a robot fueled by Diet Coke & Sri Racha. She does not Facebook, but she would love to see your pictures on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter: @kiddeternity.