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Tuesday, May 18, 2021


by Katherine West

“Big Lie” by Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune via USA Today, May 15, 2021.

This is the disease 
That does not send us 

To the hospital 
To die alone 

On the other side 
of quarantine 

Are ineffective 


No lab can create 
Or uncreate it 

Herd immunity 


This is a disease 
With a seed 

Planted in the desert sand 
Of which mirrors are made 

Fun House 

In the mind 

Desperate to love 

It leaps 
From loathing 

The thing 
In the mirror 

To adoring 
The king 

And all the false 
Jewels in his crown 

To destroying 
Any shadow 

That falls 
Across his perfect 

Since perfection 

Is contagious 
Is the only cure (we believe)

For distortion 
For drought 

For the desiccated 

For thirst 
A thirst 

That can't be quenched (we believe)
Where rose and mind bloom 

Where pools reflect 
The real

Where songbirds 

For life 

To the same 

After year

Katherine West lives in Southwest New Mexico, near Silver City. She has written three collections of poetry: The Bone Train, Scimitar Dreams, and Riddle, as well as one novel, Lion Tamer.  Her poetry has appeared in journals such as Writing in a Woman's Voice, Lalitamba, Bombay Gin, The New Verse News, Tanka Journal, Splash!, Eucalypt, and Southwest Word FiestaThe New Verse News nominated her poem "And Then the Sky" for a Pushcart Prize in 2019. In addition she has had poetry appear as part of art exhibitions at the Light Art Space gallery in Silver City, New Mexico and at the Windsor Museum in Windsor, Colorado. Using the name Kit West, Katherine's new novel, When Night Comes, A Christmas Carol Revisited has just been released, and a selection of poetry entitled Raising the Sparks will come out in March of 2021, both published by Breaking Rules Publishing. She is presently at work on the sequel to When Night Comes. It is called Slave, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Revisited. She is also an artist.