Hillary Lyon, Lyonwrite@gmail.com, who wrote BP #90’s poems,
“Female Mischief,” “The Lycanthrope’s Lament,” and “Worm” (+
BP #87’s “There’s an App for That” tale and the 3-poem set, “Cottonmouth,”
“In the Flickering,” and “Ode to the Face on the Missing Person Poster”;
BP #85’s “Bottle Music,” BP #83’s “Strange Music Follows
Her Everywhere,” and BP #78’s “The Lucky Break”) lives in southern
Arizona, where she founded and still edits poetry journals for Subsynchronous Press, an Arizona-based independent
poetry publisher. An SFPA Rhysling Award nominated poet, her poems have appeared in publications
such as Eternal Haunted Summer, Illumen, Scfifaikuest, Farther
Stars Than These, Disturbed Digest, and Dreams
& Nightmares, as well as numerous anthologies. When not writing, she
creates illustrations for horror and pulp fiction publications.
that to my face.
Who holds the blade; who
possesses the poison?
That wide mouth opens and the memories
stream forth screaming.
was to be the victim?
The helpless femme
fatale in her night gown.
The party girl all dizzy—
dressed in red,
head to toe.
The wizened crone alone—
cowering over her smoky cauldron.
Well, you thought wrong.
I am the one possessed
of the blade
shaped like a house key—
of the poison tasting
like a kiss.