after Lori Vallow, “The Doomsday Mother” and “Twilight”
Explain to a bishop it will be murder
or this — divine rites of the temple (not
teen vampiric kiss scribed by girl latter
day saint, a hundred million or so bought,
alternate scripture, eternal bodies
perfected by blood a bikinied
martyr imbibes with pressure-canned purple hull peas
from your year’s supply. Any female you heed
you learn by eight to deny like all the rot
and dark thoughts behind a cheerleader smile,
the incest you fought, acquiesced and then sought
to fashion an executioner you have beguiled.
Deem you immortal. the temple spirits,
and no one believes you would murder for this.)
Kristin Garth is a womanchildish Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist, the author of THE MEADOW (a novel from Alien Buddha Press, October 2022) and 26 more books of poetry and prose. She is editor of eight literary anthologies.