Volumifique

by Hilary Sideris


My daughter cuts my damaged
ends in the garden behind

her father’s house, where per
his orders, I am not welcome—

he’s holed up far from the city
with his new fiancée, at least

this one seems nice, we say.
From a tiny bottle she sprays

Volumifique which his wife Kim
who died before the pandemic

paid fifty dollars for. Like Kim,
she says I have thin hair.



Hilary Sideris has recently published poems in The American Journal of Poetry, Bellevue Literary Review, Free State Review, Gravel, The Lake, Main Street Rag, Rhino, Salamander, and Southern Poetry Review. Her new book Animals in English, poems after Temple Grandin, is forthcoming from Dos Madres Press. Abhiram JM, based in Kerala’s Koyilandi, is an engineering student at Vimal Jyothi Engineering College, Kannur. Aside from his interest in painting, wall art, and pencil sketches, he calls himself an “indoor singer.” His kid sister Varada J M responds to it by putting her hands over her ears. When she began hovering over her paint box doing art work for Global Poemic, he couldn’t wait to pull out one from his cupboard. Now she demurely takes a sneak peek at what he’s doing.

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