A response to the temporary removal of laws against domestic violence

in Topeka, Kansas in October of 2011.

silent dinner tables in Topeka
encase women in checkerboard sundresses
tucked into corners
hugging their knees
barked at by
wolves clawing into their spines.

fast-moving wet lipped words
rot as tongues melt into
stagnant puddles at the doors of lost echoes.

contemplate silence.

it went like this

by Chanelle Adams, Academic Editor

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