Hewn by Melissa Helton (Ships Late December)



You push the sloppy bangs out of your eyes.

(What that means is you are about to tell me

of the time you kissed the girl next door

in her father’s garage, under the 1993

Budweiser calendar, the crimped-haired bimbo

glossy and pouting down at you.)


Your sloppy bangs fall back down.

(What that means is you liked kissing

girls and she didn’t.)


You look from under your hair

across the room at me, and I stop blinking.

(What that means is I would gladly Titanic myself,

peck holes along my hull against you,

knowing damn well it is a mathematical disaster.)




A collection of poetry by Melissa Helton


Editor: Christopher McCurry

Cover Design: Ron Davis

Cover Artist: Ron Davis

Typesetter: Chandler Moore


ISBN: 978-1-948775-10-6

Softcover, matte

5.5″ x 8.5″


Originally from Toledo, Ohio, Melissa Helton has raised a family, taught, and scribbled in southeast Kentucky for over a decade. Her work has been featured in Appalachian Review, Shenandoah, Still: The Journal, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, and more. Her previous chapbook Inertia: A Study came out from Finishing Line Press, 2016.


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