virgo under a new moon by Carina Stopenski

you wrote your suicide note on a tarot card

and cut your wrists with crystals

            when you forgot to set

                                                your affirmation

            your world is

                                    spherical

i promised that i’d kiss your circles

when our love became cancer

            i will bathe you in                   moonwater

                        and fill your lungs      with pebbles

it is your          obsession to be clean—

but my brown              palms will stain

                                    your virgin skin

your mouth will leak silver and

i will lick it with the waning sun

            i will call you lunar and          sleep in your crescent

you are

            half woman

            half planet

                                    full of holes

                                    and beautiful


Carina Stopenski is a queer writer, librarian, and teacher based out of Pittsburgh, PA. They hold a BFA in Creative Writing and a Master of Library Science, and are currently in pursuit of a Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies. Their work has been featured in or is forthcoming in Beyond Queer Words, 1932 Quarterly, and Pennsylvania’s Best Emerging Poets, among others. Their work focuses on embodiment, queer longing, ecofeminism, and transhumanist perspectives.

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