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everywhere remembers

poetry by Katie Simpson

everywhere remembers

the city is coated 

in strangers’ destruction

tasting like

campfire and sorrow.


in dallas,

there were 9 tornadoes,

running like children 

on the first day of summer.

in miami,

the water is rising

like reaching fingers, 

to reclaim her streets.


yesterday, my roommates 

tried to escape

but the smoke followed them.


where do you go

to pretend, to forget?

everywhere is remembering.


Katie Simpson

Katie Simpson is a writer and photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has been featured in 24 Neon Mag, Chaleur Magazine, Entropy Magazine, Hinterlands, Quiet Lightning, and THAT literary review, amongst others. When not writing, she loves traveling and people watching. Her Twitter is:

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