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RC deWinter’s poetry is widely anthologized, notably in New York City Haiku (NY Times, 2/2017), Now We Heal: An Anthology of Hope, (Wellworth Publishing, 12/2020) easing the edges: a collection of everyday miracles (Patrick Heath Public Library of Boerne , 11/2021,) The Connecticut Shakespeare Festival Anthology (River Bend Bookshop Press, 12/2021), in print: 2River, Event Magazine, Gargoyle Magazine, Meat For Tea: The Valley Review, the minnesota review, Night Picnic Journal, Plainsongs, Prairie Schooner, Ogham Stone, San Antonio Review, Southword, Twelve Mile Review, Variant Literature, Yellow Arrow Journal, The York Literary Review among others and appears in numerous online literary journals.


Trigger Warning

having been
found by perfection,
i am a
just as is that perfection,
both of us framed in
boxes of wanting,
knowing there’s
no walking
away – no substitute for
the alignment of
acceptable would
be a joke,
a sorry
compromise, an enlistment
for martyrdom, the
glass slipper
pinching toes, or, worse,
falling off,
left to walk barefoot across
a landscape littered
with broken
bits of agony,
a thousand
tiny cuts
that never heal the only
reward for okay.
once you’ve seen
the north star there’s no
you haven’t;
to follow any other
course is suicide
of the soul.
somewhere hobson smiles
as two hearts
beat in time,
each framed by the fences of
their own neverland.

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