My skin is too tight;
muscle crowds against bone;
my soul. My curse:
Blood rising like magma
from the molten core of my being,
the dead moon
to my aching body.
In the mirror of your eye
I am the monster—
swelling above desert.
Touch me, I burst—
spittle scalds; red claws rend.
Better you step aside—
yet, you hide.
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.