Bad Survivalist: Three Poems by Emily Pinkerton

Bad Survivalist: Emily Pinkerton

Go Like This

Write in front of mirrors. Talk to yourself
in the bathroom. Spend late nights alone.
Wake early, follow the sun. Tread carefully.
Forgive with a watchful eye and an ear to the ground.

Emergency Control

in case I emergency. I handle
as indicated. I open. Door turns
and I emergency. I plan. Response
incoming. In case I need.

What It Takes

I cried blood today and what for.
Torn between rage and an instinct
for self-preservation. Not mutually exclusive.
There are so many ways to survive.

Emily Pinkerton lives and writes in the San Francisco Bay Area. She holds an MFA from San Francisco State University, and her writing has previously appeared in ZYZZYVAJukedBlazeVOXFoglifter, and Berkeley Poetry Review, among others. She is the author of three chapbooks: Natural Disasters (Hermeneutic Chaos Press, 2016), Bloom (Alley Cat Press, 2018) and Adaptations (Nomadic Press, 2018). She was a 2020 Fellow at The Writers Grotto, and a 2017-2018 Writer in Residence at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco.


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