Online since August 2002

rifts in british literature

Erica Woiwode received her Master's in Literature & Writing Studies from Cal State University, San Marcos. She currently teaches English at Palomar College and Mount San Jacinto College. Her poetry has been published in Academic Exchange Extra for four consecutive months, L.A. Miscellany (Los Angeles), The Poetry Conspiracy (San Diego), artistic rights and the Cal State San Marcos Pride Literary Supplement. She was featured in the Summer 2004 issue of Turbula.

so we sat there
the classroom stuffy
mouths agape
tired, disinterested,
again and again,
the monotonous drone,
the asexual professor –
chrysanthemums and epiphanies –
yah, yah, yah,
the symbolism.....

my mind races to
the night before,
what was it he said,
mopping the cough syrup
off the bathroom floor
spoon-feeding me softness,
my head cracked and swollen –

I'll stay here, holding
your fear-stenched body,

instead of just leaving,
instead of just leaving.

Published July 2005


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