Kathryne David Gargano


persephone brings chaos to the dance floor


i forgot i ate : try to leave / the bouncer says blow me

red stains like a hooked fish

outside set a table for two / an old god scratches the back of his neck

he’s trying to be a good keeper

hires my favorite dj

sometimes he smells like ocean

sometimes i pet his dog

at night he says i love you by tracing my spine with a black leather glove

i think i’m going colorblind

the newly dead hit on me / they say can i buy you a drink & i laugh & laugh

the drinks are all mine

i own all the drinks

this house is my house & every time i try to leave / the bouncer says on your knees

somewhere in hell a chandler carves a swan into a flame

& my husband pulls out my chair




Kathryne David Gargano hails from the Pacific Northwest, but isn’t very good at climbing trees. She recently graduated with her MFA in Poetry from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas, and has been published in CALYX, Heavy Feather Review, The FEM, Indicia, and others. Her work is forthcoming from Lavender Review and The Colorado Review. You can find pictures of her three-legged pup on Instagram @peternelle3.




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