STEPHANIE VALENTE

Cosmic Witch

my mouth
strips
crystals

and bites
the air,

in long planks

i exist
as a
plaything

because

i want to.

PSYCHIC READING

when i walk around 5th street & find a lone apartment
with sighing threadbare curtains hanging over
a drippy pink red neon sign: PSYCHIC READING
i beg —

who still pays cheap rent in NY?
who left for LA?
is it worth it?
with palm tree kisses & star signed asphalt
i hold my book closer to my chest
the faded neon washes my face
& tells me of daughters

i’d like to believe
that the universe is working
in our favor to show us wondrous things

i palm a half-ripped twenty on a formica table.

 

Stephanie Valente lives in Brooklyn, NY. She is the author of Hotel Ghost (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and has work included in or forthcoming from Danse Macabre, Nano Fiction, and Black Heart. Sometimes, she feels human. stephanievalente.com