Whole Damn Head

Corinne Davenport

It’s been three months,

and I’m still bargaining with the devil

to baptize me.


I say,

“He’s still sleeping in my head,

he hasn’t paid rent in two years,

and he leaves condom wrappers under the bed.”


Achilles and his river grew up down the street,

and the crossroads meet in my front yard.


Each night I offer my brain

for a little more heart.


I say,

“Take the thoughts. Take the whole head.

I’ll survive without the memory of him if you just take the





Corinne Davenport is an Eastern Michigan University student studying written communications and creative writing. Loving words from a young age, she told the entire fourth-grade student body during an assembly that she was going to be a writer. Corinne loves to experiment with poetry and prose and parataxis, often mixing the three. For the future, she would like to continue on to have entire collections of work published, sharing what she truly loves to do.