A little too bright breezing in
head turned right with a close-miss kiss
other than bourbon is
You see for a second
and cross the room
escaping cuts from scalpel-sharp
from the company
of your lingering guest.
to turn to the
enveloped by years of cold deficiencies
I count three anemic heartbeats then
This anesthetized pulse
Harlan’s poetry explores the emotional and often concealed existence of women. In 2018, she has several works published by The Whisper and the Roar, A Feminist Literary Collective and Tiny Flames Press. Harlan is currently completing her first chapbook, The Music of Whispering Horses and Other Lies, which she plans to present in late 2019.
You can read more of her writing here.