'Clean': A Sonnet by Kristin Garth


When you are dirty for a living it’s

exotic to be clean. 4 am means,

alone, last striptease, steamy appointment

to steep two aching, glittered feet Marines

sequestered table dancing for three hours,

their Drakkar Noir/cigar scent, you wash

off skin. Unbraided hair descends, scoured,

fingers peel acrylic painted across

raw nipples, Alabama law requires.

Inside claw feet, bellied porcelain beast,

released from any markings of desire,

emerges pristine girl they knew a piece

you leave in lavender, aquamarine.

They know you dirty. You find yourself clean.


Kristin Garth is a Pushcart & Best of the Net nominated sonnet stalker. Her poetry has stalked magazines like Glass, Yes, Five:2: One, Anti-Heroin Chic, Former Cactus, Occulum, Luna Luna, & many more. She has four chapbooks 'Pink Plastic House' and 'Good Girl Games' (Maverick Duck Press), 'Pensacola Girls' (Bone & Ink Press, Sept 2018) and 'Shakespeare for Sociopaths' (Hedgehog Poetry Press). She has another forthcoming, 'Puritan U' (Rhythm & Bones Press, March 2019). Her full length, Candy Cigarette, is forthcoming April 2019 (The Hedgehog Poetry Press). She has a collaborative full length, A Victorian Dollhousing Ceremony, forthcoming (Rhythm & Bones Press) in June 2019. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie), and her website (kristingarth.com).

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