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Vampire Detox

Vampire Detox

written by: Carrie Magness Radna



I’m not an emotional vampire

but all the rest of the damned ones
still want a piece of me,
as if I were a blood clot

& I’m not
having it or them anymore.

I can shoot holes
into everything I’ve done,

but sometimes I end up
shooting myself in the dark—

& when the spark
lights up the page
& my consciousness,

I feel alive!
I’ll even up the score,
but I don’t want those assholes around
to muddy up my head.

I wait in the dark
for a killing—
for a worthy sacrifice.

Carrie Magness Radna

Carrie Magness Radna

Carrie Magness Radna is an audiovisual cataloger at the New York Public Library, a choral singer and a poet who loves to travel. Her poems have previously appeared in The Oracular Tree, Mediterranean Poetry, Muddy River Poetry Review,, Poetry Super Highway, Shot Glass Journal (Muse-Pie Press), Vita Brevis, Home Planet News, Cajun Mutt Press, Walt’s Corner, Polarity eMagazine, The Poetic Bond (VIII-X), Alien Buddha Press, Jerry Jazz Musician, Rye Whiskey Review, Litterateur RW and First Literary Review-East. Her first poetry collection, Hurricanes never apologize (Luchador Press) was published in December 2019. Her new poetry collection In the blue hour (Nirala Publications), was published in February 2021. She won Honorable Mention Award twice, for “all trains are haunted” (Non-rhyming poetry: 2019) and “May (a Pantoum)” (Rhyming poetry: 2021) in Writer’s Digest Writer’s Competition. Born in Norman, Oklahoma, she now lives with her husband in Manhattan, New York.
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