Blanket Sea

Arts & Literary Magazine

Month: August 2019

“the spider” by Rebecca Kokitus

I stand on the bathroom scale and
a spider crawls out from under it

and there’s no pain scale for these hurts so
I make a tally in the shower, each fifth strand
of hair criss-crossing little prison windows so
I don’t lose count

and the spider disappears itself back under
the bathroom scale and my witchbelly is
tightened like a snare, my little blue toes
can be seen for miles and whatever
is possessing me—I am trying to starve it

my insides nebulous as teddy bear filling
and the sun through the warped window
goes right through my warped skin

my body is a dumpster behind
a flower shop, my body is edgeless
as an island

 

 

Rebecca Kokitus is a poet residing in the Philadelphia area.… Read more ““the spider” by Rebecca Kokitus”

Comics by JTMB

In this first black and white sketched comic titled “Jared the Worm,” a man is hunched over a blank sheet of paper. The next two panels show him attempting to draw but not producing anything. The next panel shows a hand sticking out from underwater, holding a pencil. The last is a pencil drawing something on paper.Read more “Comics by JTMB”

“Dear John” by Rylie Cooper

Dear John,

I know we broke up six months ago — and it’s not that we don’t keep in touch — we see each other rather frequently, at least 3 times a day. But we used to see each other ten times a day, sometimes more, sometimes we’d spend an entire day together.… Read more ““Dear John” by Rylie Cooper”

“Lungs” by Carly Madison Taylor

The heart, your only one, is only on the left. Situs invertus is the name for the opposite, when all of a person’s organs are flipped over the spine like an axis of reflection. The spine, which goes all the way up from your pelvis into your skull, does not seem unreasonably long until your fingers go from the top to the bottom of it on another body and feel.… Read more ““Lungs” by Carly Madison Taylor”

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