Mantis

A tiny kiss behind the ear—all it takes

to make a grown man      melt.

 

I live in

locker-room susurrations,

 

blow death kisses

to passerby. Brother

 

to lamia, we’re partners

in heart-devouring.

 

A powerful beast,

I’ve heard.

 

Dani Putney (they/them) is a queer, non-binary, Asian American poet exploring the West. Their poetry most recently appears or is forthcoming in Juke Joint Magazine, Lockjaw Magazine, Mojave Heart Review, and Sons and Daughters, among other publications. Presently, they're infiltrating a small conservative town in the middle of the Nevada desert.

Dani Putney