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Napoleonic Ambitions

By Kyle Brandt-Lubart

Like a dagger drawn before

You can see the whites of their eyes

A malcontent mist gathers forces

Particulates aligned by entropy 

Descend on the rotunda

A fully formed reflection 

Of man’s most infectious needs

Doesn’t stop to hear the sermon

Before the bayonet charge

They are guests in a foreign land who

Crush seeds underfoot

In the name of carnivorous showmanship

Left gnawing on bones

Denied the choicest bits

How to fiend for nourishment

Didn’t need to be taught

To fallow field tenders

Who grew tired of wait your turn

They chant glory be as

Disposable heroics earn 

Cheap paper ribbons

To celebrate the empty shell of victory

Claimed on scorched Earth

Without treatment or salve

The burned follow the blind

Who follow the hungry

As they march into howling winter

Insatiable for power’s contorted shadow


Kyle Brandt-Lubart (she/her)  is a poet, visual artist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who resides in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Brandt-Lubart works full-time, providing free therapy services to uninsured and underinsured individuals living with mental illness. She was a St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Institute Fellow from 2017-2018. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Vita Brevis, Agapanthus Collective, and MoonInk Tanka Poetry Anthology, and she was selected as a Dear Butte writer-in-residence for Fall 2021. She is co-author/illustrator of the chapbook, It Made A Sound, which is due to be released in Fall 2021.

Jill Has Root Rot

By Kyle Brandt-Lubart

A helicopter parent

Cared too much to ask

What do you need

Knuckle deep kept hidden

Puddles pooled at the bottom

Can you cry into your stomach?

Jill learned how because 

She needed to store it 

Somewhere untouched by pointed fingers

Good egg turned bad seed

Prying neighbors brayed

Why did she go so far away?

Gossiping winds know

She found somewhere to sow

Her mistakes into sweet moans

To let them ripen into her own

Bump and grind with them 

Into marigold mornings

On the phone amidst static

She wonders how gratitude and disdain

Become intimate with one another 

And if one day she will

Want to plant another seed

Near the cold concrete landing pad


Kyle Brandt-Lubart (she/her)  is a poet, visual artist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who resides in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Brandt-Lubart works full-time, providing free therapy services to uninsured and underinsured individuals living with mental illness. She was a St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Institute Fellow from 2017-2018. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Vita Brevis, Agapanthus Collective, and MoonInk Tanka Poetry Anthology, and she was selected as a Dear Butte writer-in-residence for Fall 2021. She is co-author/illustrator of the chapbook, It Made A Sound, which is due to be released in Fall 2021.

Passing

By Kyle Brandt-Lubart

There is always ancestry

Whitewashed walls and a high-rise apartment

Filled with soulless trinkets

Shapeless statues and stale silence

The fridge is full of decomposed decadence

My grandmother insists Depression-era waste aversion

Mingles with keeping up appearances

She serves me rotting milk in my cereal

Shames me for every bite I do not finish

She hides by pretending to be French

By passing

Passing

For a mother who did not condone abuse

For not Arabic

A woman whole

She is in shards

A hapless collage of disdain

For the weak-willed whims of children

I thank her for having us over for a visit

Dreading the next time our blood aligns

I will never get the chance to ask her to explain herself

And am left tonguing a bitter dirge


Kyle Brandt-Lubart (she/her)  is a poet, visual artist, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker who resides in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. Brandt-Lubart works full-time, providing free therapy services to uninsured and underinsured individuals living with mental illness. She was a St. Louis Regional Arts Commission Community Arts Training Institute Fellow from 2017-2018. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Vita Brevis, Agapanthus Collective, and MoonInk Tanka Poetry Anthology, and she was selected as a Dear Butte writer-in-residence for Fall 2021. She is co-author/illustrator of the chapbook, It Made A Sound, which is due to be released in Fall 2021.