Featured Poet: Kim Roberts

Box of Wasps

Discovered in the attic,
they are no less a surprise

for being dead: wings
like shavings of mica, forelegs
bent in supplication, fat

striped abdomens gone to wax

behind their hourglass petioles.
Had they been still living,
this would be a peril, a threat,

but even silent they startle.
Why a carton for a sepulcher?

Death’s brittle imbroglio
waiting to be discovered

inside a cardboard columbarium.

It suggests epidemic,
mass delirium beneath taped flaps.



Like a fitted sheet that doesn’t quite fit,
living with others takes constant adjustments.
There’s a talent for domesticity—
some swing wide of the mark.

House-lubber, rain makes your edges curl
like a fitted sheet that doesn’t quite fit,
like dishes knocking in soapy water.
There’s a talent for domesticity.

We are shaped by these small erosions,
house-lubber.  Rain makes our edges curl,
rub, and topple.  We get chipped
like dishes knocking in soapy water.

Some swing wide of the mark,
rubbed and toppled and chipped.
Living with others takes constant adjustments:
we are shaped by these humble erosions.


Kim Roberts is the author of five books of poems, most recently The Scientific Method (WordTech Editions, 2017).  She edited the anthology Full Moon on K Street: Poems About Washington, DC (Plan B Press, 2010), and co-edits the literary journals Beltway Poetry Quarterly and The Delaware Poetry Review, and the web exhibit DC Writers’ Homes. Roberts is the recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities DC, and the DC Commission on the Arts, and has been a writer-in-residence at 15 artist colonies. She currently lives in Washington, DC, but many years ago she lived in Ann Arbor for a year, and was visiting faculty in the English Department at Eastern Michigan University. Her website: http://www.kimroberts.org


About Kelsey May

Kelsey May is a graduate of Grand Valley State University and Editor in Chief of SkipFiction. She is passionate about social justice and activism, especially with issues of consent and sexual abuse or misconduct. Her work has appeared in over two dozen publications, including Broken Plate and NonBinary Review. She has also received numerous grants and awards, including a nomination for a 2016 Pushcart Prize. She would like to thank her husband, Bob, for his undying support of her ideas and career.

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