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Pulse Etheree



prune the

first flush of 

my roses, come

inside. On TV 

Anderson Cooper can’t

keep it together, reading

names of shooting victims at Pulse,

a packed gay night club in Orlando.

His job is to keep it together, but

how? And why should he or anyone keep

it together when men keep blasting

everything apart, high on hate

unchecked and power, when flushed

dancing boys are pruned with

their rainbow petals

only just warmed

to bloom toward



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Kerry Trautman

Pronouns: She/Her

1 Poem

Pulse Etheree


Kerry Trautman (she/her) is a poetry editor for Red Fez, and her work has appeared in various anthologies and journals such as Midwestern GothicRat's Ass ReviewAlimentum, Slippery Elm, Paper & Ink, and Free State Review. Her poetry books are Things That Come in Boxes (King Craft Press 2012,) To Have Hoped (Finishing Line Press 2015,) Artifacts (NightBallet Press 2017,) and To be Nonchalantly Alive (Kelsay Books 2020.)

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