VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN HAS

A NASTY CASE OF WOMB ENVY

alchemist dreamt life

infused: culture & spawn

but wretch

orphaned instead

tragic friction father

hemorrhaging creation

life & death

defying life

mother death

(separation)

volcanic winter:

a mortifying negative of life

corpse-token

grim phantasm to mock progress

the Romantic ideal

[from Another Final Girl: Horror Poems,

2020, published by, and available for purchase at, Rahila's Ghost Press]