OXIDANT | ENGINE : Issue 4

Katie Hibner

If the Archive of Western Art invites you to a party, expect:

 

shaved stigmatas

 

the Ganymedes bunched,

teasing from the manger

 

dunk tanks of stop bath

 

quatrefoils baked

in thermoplastics

 

color-coded maws

 

the foreshortening schooner recommissioned,

bunged with alkyds

 

tempera—your striae sluiced eggy

 

grilled volutes and tori

 

bartering for focal nectar

 

dust pouches generously doled

(every mote

believed bankable)

 

new recommendations to scumble

the craquelure spelling out:

 

PRIMITIVISM EUNUCH SABLE VENUS

 

don’t list from the cranial blowback

 

sneak out through the slight opening

for a critical

retrospective




 

(Note: I attribute the phrase “sable Venus” to Robin Coste Lewis)

Katie Hibner’s poetry has been or will be published by inter|rupture, Pretty Owl Poetry, SOFTBLOW, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Vinyl, andYalobusha Review. She has read for Bennington Review, Salamander, and Sixth Finch. Katie dedicates all her poetry to the memory of her mother and best friend, Laurie.