Simone Liggins


If I say to you the owls aren’t what they seem,

you’ll know that comes from someone else’s dream.


With bloody blows, we battle verses

and the rights to wield them on tongues like curses.


Oh say, this is what I see:

We the people aren’t truly free.


By the by, I can’t really lie;

call me an afflicted Gemini.


Weaving words craft fresh spells,

but for what I want, only a few I’ll tell.


Hold tight, count down from nine—

this is how you read the spirals of time.


I work it wild, a hurricane heart is true.

For one sweet-centered eye, I spin this for you.

Simone Liggins earned her MFA in Writing at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics of Naropa University. Her influences include Sylvia Plath, Kurt Vonnegut, Dorothy Parker, Audre Lorde, Lenore Kandel, Laurell K. Hamilton, Octavia Butler, The Beatles, Lady Gaga, Fiona Apple, and Jimi Hendrix. Her work has appeared in/on Raven Chronicles, Outsider Poetry, Boulder Weekly, Petrichor Magazine, and BEATS poetry.