Good Girl’s Guide to Exercising Inner (and Outer) Demons:

Chew a clove of garlic raw and
salt a circle around your bed.
Stomp cherries for communion wine then
sew cinder blocks in your shoes.
Spoon bleach in your holy water,
scrub your bruises with sagebrush.
Burn a candle to an old god;
grow new belief like dandelions.
Embroider silk pillows with thistles,
use white roses as your rosary;
pray it away with palms full of thorns.
Use the blood as rogue—
streak your face with warning.

Makenzie Smith is a student in the Creative Writing Program at a small college in the American South. She has never been previously published.

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2 Responses to Good Girl’s Guide to Exercising Inner (and Outer) Demons:

  1. An excellent how-to/list poem. So often these become trite, but this one evokes the visceral and opaque qualities of some conditions. I hope to read more.

  2. Gary Heath says:

    Well crafted poem. Please publish more of your work in the near future.

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