Katie Manning

Prayer’s End

after Anthony Hecht

The entrance to a strobe-lit, unisex
bathroom; redness, chafed thighs in leather
pants. The first stone thrown by Pyrrha.
The consistent capitalization of You.
The lame gift: a faux-Gucci
handbag given to Guccio himself.
The patient numb with grief
who always thinks the inkblot looks
like a face turned sideways. A bottle of Clairol
with no color label. An airplane sailing
through a paper shredder. The broadside
of a ship, always almost drowning. A swamped
mother, nursing a teething child. And me:
God’s own little land-dwelling piranha.

Katie Manning

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. She has received The Nassau Review Author Award for Poetry, and her writing has been published in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, and many other journals and anthologies. She is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review, and she teaches writing and literature at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.