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Monica Kagan


Extending my fingers,
thorns prickle

I am a supplicant
in the soft petals of desire
for the intimate other

Skin and salt,
I explore
Your soul’s orbit,
I trace

Discord detonates
Thickets like daggers
penetrate shriveled leaves

I cannot find


Monica Kagan lives by the sea in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. Her poems appear in New Coin Poetry Journal (ISEA, Rhodes University), Crack the Spine, and Anti-Heroin Chic, among others.
Twitter: @MonicaOFAH
Instagram: @monicakaganpoet