Kristen Rouisse holds an MFA in poetry from the University of South Florida. Her work has appeared in RHINO, Lunch Ticket, Hobart, and elsewhere. She is former poetry and nonfiction editor for Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art.

Also by Kristen Rouisse: Two Poems Red Eye Daughter I Bleed

Kristen Rouisse


Before the cacophony of water transfigures us Godless we slip inside, slip away — an apparition of limbs kicking up riverbed clouds. And before I know how to breathe underwater I know pale light between parted lips. Freckled shoulders you peel off like a t-shirt to wrap me in. Because on the opposite side of skin, a soft brown rabbit thrums her soft brown foot. And I, too, know slaughter is often delayed. On shore, the fire's throat opens, embers. Yet we leave conversation for the pines. Leave our tongues, folded and shelved. Speechless before such bright spit.

Lost & Found is published by Glass Poetry Press as part of Glass: A Journal of Poetry. This project publishes work that was accepted by journals that ceased publication before the work was released.
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