Shelley Chernin at the Hessler Street Fair, 2012
photo by John Burroughs


That dead writer ruined five women
but I’d gladly be sixth
to read another page

and when he touched me
I’d slip into his finger pores
hide there overnight and
jump his keyboard
in the morning

conceiving in the words
he’d decompose.

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Shelley Chernin is a freelance writer and ukulele player. Her poems have appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Rhapsoidia, Durable Goods, Big Bridge, What I Knew Before I Knew: Poems from the Pudding House Salon, the Heights Observer and the 2010 and 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest anthologies. She was awarded 2nd Place in the 2011 Hessler Street Fair Poetry Contest, and the Akron Art Museum awarded her Honorable Mentions in their New Words Poetry Contest in 2009 and 2010. She is the author of The Vigil, published by Crisis Chronicles Press in 2012.

“Maggot-pie” originally appeared in Scrivener Creative Review, Issue #28, 2004.