Beth Konkoski

smiling face on apple lying on fence

Beth Konkoski is a writer and high school English teacher living in Northern Virginia with her husband and two mostly grown kids. Her poetry has appeared in journals such as: The American Journal of Poetry, The Potomac Review, and Gargoyle. She has two chapbooks of poetry: “Noticing the Splash” with BoneWorld Press and “Water Shedding” with Finishing Line Press. She is frequently a featured reader in D.C. area readings

Art Crimes

Carve out new images
fillet and scrape
at my mind until the soft
and familiar grind away.
Hold each line just long
enough, drop it like an apple
with russet skin in October
wind or a baby overboard
for safety. Let words
ooze and spread, too much
butter but why not? Or mud
between toes that know
both laughter and otherwise.
If these lines fail, fall too
much like a line of dominoes
or water from a pot left
on the stove, arrest me.
I’ll be right here, trying