As Demeter

Stefanie Kirby

A daughter pops arils into floral

stains. Elsewhere: leftover 

pips solid as teeth, fruit lips 


curled back in decay. A mouth 

packed with loss. To be this apathy

of seeds, left behind, motherlike.


A silo offers feed to pass

as comfort: an emptying body,

frost-blistered, spilling grain.

Stefanie Kirby lives and writes along Colorado’s Front Range. Her debut chapbook, Fruitful, is the winner of the 2023 Adrift Chapbook Contest, forthcoming from Driftwood Press. Her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net, and appear in West Branch, The Massachusetts Review, The Maine Review, The Cincinnati Review, SAND, Cola Literary Review, and elsewhere. 

Artwork: “Temptation” by Peyton Fultz



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