The Hasp Tongue / KC Trommer

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dancing girl press, 2014

 KC Trommer is a New York City-based poet and collage artist. A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has been awarded fellowships from the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. Her poems have appeared in AGNI Online, The Antioch Review, Coconut, MARGIE, Octopus, The Sycamore Review, Poetry East and a number of other journals. She is currently seeking a publisher for her first collection of poems and is at work on her second collection.


Skulls of small, prehistoric elephants had a single
hole in the front. From this, we made the Cyclops.

Humans used to eat elephants. We eat to live.
We find food wherever we can.

When you jolt the bed, that’s when
I know you’re asleep.

Against my back, the tusks slide in,
one on either side, to lift me up.

They grow in my hands. I crane my neck,
open my mouth, tear leaves from the trees.

When I telescope back to the bed, I put my mouth wet on
your sleeping mouth, feed you what I found.