Gingerbread House Lit Mag


My plants wind tight
binding wrist and ankle 
around a spindle 
unlike a truth
robbed and twisted, a garment 
handed back to me, more costly 
than a half-developed will 
& not so easily overcome.

How beautiful it is to break
on these branches. 

How much do I love death
with her charcoal lids 
& ash-lined lips? I carry her scent
like a bloom.

Cut down my brambles, let the deflowering
begin, let me rise from the husk 
of my decomposition—

my leaves despise the earth from which they sprang,
there is too much sugar in the sky. 

Ingrid L. Taylor

Ingrid L. Taylor is a poet, science writer, and veterinarian who is most likely to be found talking to the dog at a party. Her poetry has most recently appeared or is forthcoming in the Southwest Review, the Ocotillo ReviewFERAL: A Journal of Poetry and ArtHorse Egg Literary, and others. Her poem “Mermaids” received Punt Volat Journal’s Annual Poetry Award in 2021. Her nonfiction work has appeared in Sentient Media. She’s received support for her writing from the Playa Artist Residency, the Horror Writers Association, and Gemini Ink, and she holds an MFA in fiction and nonfiction from Pacific University. Find her online at

Artwork: Brooke Shaden



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