In Madrid, the bartenders
speak in cursive. Clairvoyants,
all of them. They volunteer
burnt wine, sweeten it
with candy-stripes.

The whole world crawls.

I’m on furlough
from a pepper mill
so with each swallow
become my name.
I am syrup, glaze,
a merchant of

I will
make fruit cake
from my misery
and use it as a stool.

I will coat
the repertoire
of rumors
with a chocolate seam.

About the Work

Kandie St.Germain

Kandie St.Germain is the author of Closet Drama (Bear Star Press, 2001). Her work has also appeared in The Sonora Review, The Cream City Review, Rattle, Puerto del Sol, and others.

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