Courtney LeBlanc


because you didn’t love me
enough / because I didn’t love
me enough / because the sweet
call of sharp clavicles was too
tempting / because the moon spoke
to me / because we slept with
the windows open and I thought
of climbing out / because booze
soured in my throat but I kept
swallowing / because razors kiss
the skin gently / because blood
in the bath water blooms
like a garden / because car keys
become dark alley defense / because
saying no wasn’t enough /
because a bruise ringed my wrist
like a bracelet / because the glass
thrown against the wall sliced
into my fingertips / because I started
believing the excuses / because it became
my new normal / because when
the front door slammed
my heart shut

Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the chapbook All in the Family (Bottlecap Press) and is an MFA candidate at Queens University of Charlotte. Her poetry is published or forthcoming in Public Pool, Rising Phoenix ReviewThe Legendary, Germ MagazineQuail Bell Magazine, Brain Mill PressHaunted Waters Press, and others. She loves nail polish, wine, and tattoos. Read her blog at, follow her on Twitter:, or find her on Facebook:


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