Poem: Casualties, by Catherine B. Krause

"Girl and Grief." Photo by x1klima/Flickr. (CC-BY-ND 2.0).

we were both starting hormones
then you were dead

you’re better than the world that survived you
you shouldn’t have let it get to you

you should’ve given it time
i’m a lot happier now

but you’re not
we’ve all grown up and gotten better

but you haven’t
and we need you as much as ever


Catherine B. Krause is a queer disabled trans ex-programmer, lunatic, and former literary publisher. Her poem “[first down]” appears in the recent anthology Rabbit Ears: TV Poems (NYQ Books, 2015), which was reviewed favorably in the Boston Globe and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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