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R. A. Allen: Cabin Fever

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Art by Ann Marie Rhiel 2022

Cabin Fever

 

by R. A. Allen

 

Why do you stare

at me that way?

Your minatory

reticence a

sullen undertow

of film noir

leaking from

beneath the

door of a room

down the hall.

This formicating

of my scalp makes

me wonder why you

stored the ant poison

in the pantry.

Three days ago

I hid the ax

behind the dryer;

someone moved it.

You've already

taken your pill.

My hands tighten

around a wish

and a plan for

our future.

 

 

“Cabin Fever” originally appeared in Illumin in 2014.

 

 

R. A. Allen's poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York Quarterly, RHINO, B O D Y, The Penn Review, The Los Angeles Review, Cloudbank, The Hollins Critic, and in the anthology Celestial Musings. He has nominations for The Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net 2020. His fiction has been published in The Literary Review, The Barcelona Review, PANK, The Los Angeles Review, and Best American Mystery Stories 2010, among others. He lives in Memphis by the Mississippi. More at https://bodyliterature.com/2020/02/17/r-a-allen/ 


Ann Marie Rhiel is the Assistant Art Director for Yellow Mama Webzine. She was born and raised in Bronx, New York, presently living in New Jersey. She reconnected with her passion for art in 2016 and has had her work exhibited in art galleries around northern New Jersey ever since. She is a commissioned painting artist, who also enjoys photography. Her work has also appeared in Black Petals and Megazine Official.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2022