Venomous Fang Blenny
Elizabeth Kate Switaj

like heroin in my neoprene skin
brilliant fish where my bones
expelled already my colony
I am white
addicted to bleaching and bite
and nothing hurts where fangs begin

I was never your color
-ful wonderland—I never held
your breath
and mine
is carried in

Elizabeth Kate Switaj is the Chair of Liberal Arts at the College of the Marshall Islands. She holds a Ph.D. in English from Queen’s University Belfast and has taught in Japan and China. Her first collection, Magdalene & the Mermaids, is published by Paper Kite Press, and her poems have recently appeared in Hawaii Review, Potluck Mag, and Silver Birch Press. Find more about Elizabeth here.