Dangerous Complicity* & OYSTER BED TO ZYMURGY | poetry by Flower Conroy

Dangerous Complicity* 

every stripper She’d ever tipped, near 
tripped  over, second sipped & double 
dipped  her nose against  
getting glitter 
turning away when  
they try to 
tell Her  
over the bump 
n-grind of Snakebite or Welcome 
to the Jungle or Pony or At  
their cradle-names 
they ask  
Her , the same 

She began in aphrodisiac & e 
-volved into; this  
this is what it means to be the lost 

in colostrum  

; eggplant split & cabbage surrender to 
deer  hands grip a neck as if a wheel 
shall the meek still inherit  

Earth? leaves  
suckle the ultraviolet fingertips of the 
algebra stoned-bored sun: plasma 

as godwine 
cones shadow-thirsty while 
through the alien carved rows of jagged  

ears, a hay 
ride bumping  

barbarous the roses, once She began to crawl

Beeper Peddle is a writer and healer living on the East Coast. She lives with her partner and their beloved soul puppy. Beeper writes about sorrows, lies, and deep loves. When you read her work, you will dip down into her heart and end up in all manner of body parts. Should you find yourself reflected in these words, it is merely coincidence; however, it does not surprise her you share the same heart. Find her at bethpeddle.com and @beeperpeddle on Twitter and Instagram

LGBTQ+ writer, NEA and MacDowell Fellow, and former Key West Poet Laureate, Flower Conroy is the author of “Snake Breaking Medusa Disorder” (winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition) and “A Sentimental Hairpin” (a Small Press Distribution Bestseller). Her poetry will/has appeared in American Poetry Review, New England Review, Prairie Schooner, Michigan Quarterly Review and others.