Issue 2.3

Fall 2022
Rikki. Fall 22

Rikki Santer

Coins 

None of my stories measure 
up no crazy between the ears no
identity pain nailed to my 
skull no viscous 
ideas no housed rage no
wronged heritage pacing 
in the wings no sticky
schoolbooks, flimflammery,
swallowtailed anything no
bruised tongue no broken
drunks no tracked 
arms no shivering
in back alleys no sweaty
I’ll kill you 
if you tell
no bullets, no 
knives no
fire, flood, blood
fragments of war    No
again and again 
my fables step back
to the end 
of the line where soft
and privileged already
had their turn
coins taken out
of circulation.

Rikki Santer's poems have appeared in various publications including Ms. Magazine, Poetry East, Heavy Feather Review, Slab, Slipstream, [PANK], Crab Orchard Review, RHINO, Grimm, Hotel Amerika and The Main Street Rag. Her work has received many honors including six Pushcart and three Ohioana and Ohio Poet book award nominations as well as a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her eleventh poetry collection, Stopover, which is in conversation with the original Twilight Zone series was recently published by Luchador Press.