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Red Paint

sarah kersey / poem


The human body glows imperceptible

and rhythmic, pulsing light disintegrating

at dusk's dawn. It takes total darkness to see our bioluminescence, witness

how our apple cheeks shine, polished. We glow louder together. On certain days,

I ask you to turn off the lamp, let the curtains kiss. Let me find you in the dark.


Sarah Kersey earned her MFA in poetry from Eastern Washington University in 2022. Her work has been published or is upcoming in Poet Lore, Atlanta Review, CIRQUE, and more. She was a finalist in Atlanta Review’s 2022 International Poetry Contest, as well as a finalist in Sunspot Literary Journal’s 2022 Geminga contest. She currently teaches English at North Idaho College and Gonzaga University.


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