Volume III, Issue II Summer 2004



Erica Woiwode is finishing her Master's thesis in creative writing (original poetry) at California State University, San Marcos. She is a writing and music teacher. Her poetry has been published in Academic Exchange Extra for four consecutive months, L.A. Miscellany (Los Angeles), The Poetry Conspiracy (San Diego) and the Cal State San Marcos Pride Literary Supplement.

sun burns orange-red
my skin is peeling off
my chest, my bare soul
exposed to the phallic
air, lizards crawl over
numbed toes –
my mouth dripping
with silence and dust,
i shake, like babies in
an earthquake –
across the dry land
he lunges toward my
blackness, bright in
burning rays
of shame –
"hold my hand," he says,
and locks the door.


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