There are pools of brine on the ocean floor. Brine is heavy water, with a higher toxicity. The edge of a brine pool looks like another beach at the bottom of the sea. I have rooms like this in me. Poison up to my knees. I could drown eels, if I wanted. Sometimes I imagine if the worst thing I ever did was done to me instead.
Catherine Weiss is a poet and artist from Maine. Their poetry has been published in Tinderbox, Up the Staircase, Fugue, Okay Donkey, perhappened, Birdcoat, Bodega, Counterclock, petrichor, HAD, and Flypaper Lit. Catherine is the artist behind the collaborative poetry chapbook/card deck I WISH I WASN’T ROYALTY (Game Over Books, 2020). They are also the author of chapbook-length poem, FERVOR (Ginger Bug Press, 2021) and full-length poetry collection, WOLF GIRLS VS. HORSE GIRLS (Game Over Books, 2021). More at catherineweiss.com.