Rearing Daughters to Survive

by Hannah V. Warren

when mother slaughters a hog
knife on throat blood on hands

her daughters watch & clap
bellies full of meat & hot stones

it should be no surprise
when the oldest sister says

little sister you be the hog
& I’ll be the butcher

knife on throat blood on hands
mother finds the eldest daughter

belly full of meat & hot stones
smoke smell in her hair

mother says you’re growing up so fast

Hannah V Warren is a PhD student at the University of Georgia where she studies poetry and speculative narratives. Her chapbook [re]construction of the necromancer won Sundress Publications’ 2019 chapbook contest and is forthcoming. Hannah’s works have haunted or will soon appear in Mid-American Review, Gris-Gris, and Prism Review.