Kristen de Kline
+ Somewhere in the cut and blow-wave I have hidden a thread of girlfriends thrown away mail from Undisclosed Locations slipped out of the Court House stolen a vehicle rammed a cop car been sectioned at Regional Hospital burst into flame While you stand there running your gloved fingers through my hair ask about my husband how long we've been married don’t you notice I never use a pronoun? spit out obscenities like a shock jock: if-people-don’t-want-to-speak-English-they-should-go-back-to-where-they-came-from + Somewhere in the suburban salon two silver spoons one stint at the disorderly house three admissions to Sunnyside four grams of speed have been flushed out of this narrative deleted from the backstory as I listen to my hairdresser’s plans for the weekend why Fountain Gate is better than Chadstone her last trip to Kuta the anti-vaxxer hubby don’t you just hate those words? + Somewhere the massage chair is set to vibrate all my life I have tried to play at being normal my neck straining over the backwash basin straight-acting white bread picket fence staring up at the exposed ceiling beams twisted lights law abiding John A Citizen as my hairdresser slags off dole bludgers African gangs vegans lefties Oh God pour me a drink + Somewhere in this sequence the hairdresser sprays MUK through my crown splashes fire-engine red on razored sides I have broken down we have come undone I have burst into flame (again)
Kristen de Kline writes poetry by night and lectures Criminology by day. Their poetry appears in a range of publications including Backstory, Other Terrain, Pink Cover Zine, Press: 100 Love Letters, Guide to Sydney Crime, MAD Poetry Anthology, Australian Poetry Collaboration, Hermes, Have Your Chill and Project 365+1. Kristen’s debut collection Lawless was published by Girls on Key in 2021.