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If I Could Drown in Her, Avra Margariti

Her silken siren hair

Twined like fishing nets

Her nine kitsune tails

Of autumnal gory copper

Her underground grotto

Of ragged stone, spelunker skeletons

Her eagle aerie high up

Gilded Olympus, oxygen thin

Her belly of the beast, whole

Ocean swallowed, still ravenous

Her forest of festering lichen

Green glowing eyes and teeth

If I could drown in her

And all her many iterations

We would live a thousand lives together,

A thousand deaths,

A thousand more.


Avra Margariti is a queer author, Greek sea monster, and Pushcart-nominated poet with a fondness for the dark and the darling. Avra’s work haunts publications such as Vastarien, Asimov’s, Liminality, Arsenika, The Future Fire, Space and Time, Eye to the Telescope, and Glittership. “The Saint of Witches”, Avra’s debut collection of horror poetry, is forthcoming from Weasel Press. You can find Avra on twitter (@avramargariti).

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