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RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, February 2017), Coffin Bell Two (March 2020), Winter Anthology: Healing Felines and Femmes, (Other Worldly Women Press, December 2020), Now We Heal: An Anthology of Hope, (Wellworth Publishing, December 2020) in print: 2River, Event, Gargoyle Magazine, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Prairie Schooner, Southword among others and appears in numerous online literary journals.


Trigger Warning

blow you bitterblue wind
whirl away the thorns
that crown me

i refuse the cup
i am no sacrifice
no god would find me pleasing

i was not born to die for anyone
words that must be spoken
tremble on my tongue

nothing sacred calls to me
but for the speaking of truth
as prismed through my eyes

and i will fight
kicking screaming
until the last syllable is uttered

imperfect as i am
i surrender nothing
i know that what i burn will be rejected

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