Gingerbread House Lit Mag

Hermione’s Blue Beasts

Which medications are you currently taking?

a pinch of my husband’s envy
potent as cyanide   2 bricks of postpartum   crushed  
1 quart saltwater   applied with eyedropper  
wellbutrin   stimulant   I can almost hear
my heart twitch in its cage

What is your family’s medical history?

no nursery music    bible library
long winters without sun   
hearts that run like three-legged dogs
water’s not safe
to drink   laced with lead   leads to numb

How often do you exercise?

my feet tread moonlight
the noose is a night I step
into   a screeching child to quiet   my body
a pendulum   from a corner of shadow
I watch it swing-swung   sing a song

Do you have thoughts of self-harm?

shadow swallows coals
shadow’s lips sewn closed
shadow wells the dark
shadow ravens lark
shadow short of breath   shadow beckons

Dayna Patterson

Dayna Patterson is the author of Titania in Yellow (Porkbelly Press, 2019) and If Mother Braids a Waterfall (Signature Books, 2020). Her creative work has appeared recently in POETRY, Ruminate, Sugar House Review, Thrush, and Tupelo Quarterly. She is a co-winner of the 2019 #DignityNotDetention Poetry Prize, and she has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artists Residency. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Psaltery & Lyre and a co-editor of Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.  

Artwork: Natalia Drepina

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