Poem: “damned if you don’t”

Licking his lips
he stares at the box
the contents are hidden

it’s hard to pull off but it keeps you safe
as long as he doesn’t unwrap you

, Catherine B. Krause is a 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.