Imogen O'Brien

Deformis

Wide and
Sparkling,
Pearls
Without tracks.

Full then narrow.
Every inch
Itching towards
Ideal.

Try to be
Breathless,
Boneless,
Endless.

Bellus.

Decorus.

Im-
possible.

Necrotizing Fasciitis

Scar-
let drips off lips
Like last night’s
Starlight in her

Hair barbed
Like wires running wild
She’s five thousand

Paper clips,

Dollar bills,

Teaspoons of sugar,

Its only skin
Deep.


Imogen O'Brien is a first-year undergraduate student at Boston University. She currently resides in Northern California, but was born and raised in Southwest England. This is the first time that her work has been published.