Contents Under Pressure

by Michelle Brooks

Maybe I’m another dead girl,

an electronic billboard flashing

my face between ads for Kroger

and Rent-A-Center. Maybe I’m

the voice in your dreams, the one

that says, Do you ever think of me?

And maybe I’m the wrong turn,

the road you didn’t take. Don’t worry.

It still had plenty of traffic. And maybe

you’re dead, and I am a negative

that nobody bothered to develop.

Michelle Brooks has published her work in Alaska Quarterly Review, Gargoyle, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere. Her latest collections of poetry, Pretty in A Hard Way (Finishing Line Press) and The Pretend Life (Atmosphere Press) were published in 2019. She has published a novella titled Dead Girl, Live Boy with Storylandia Press. A native Texan, she has spent much of her adult life in the city of Detroit. 

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