I love you, I’m sorry

Phoenix Kendall

I’m repossessing the sandcastle

Unless I cut my hair. Then

I will bury it myself. Scanning

Over the same lines, again an empty

Swimming pool I sucked out. In my dreams,

I take wire cutters,

saw out my teeth,

sew them into Valentine’s Day cards that

I would have sent to you on Christmas.

Return me to sender —

I’ll write you a Freudian analysis and

Scare you out of a barbershop quartet.


Phoenix Kendall is a non-binary poet studying creative writing at Eastern Michigan University. Their work is forthcoming in Glass Mountain. Their work often examines the crossfire between marginalized identities and the anxiety of the world around them. They are a big fan of their two pet rats, Holden and Phoebe.