Five Poems by Rose Knapp


Inverted Prayer

If some version of you or many deities exist,

Why did you create us? Were you bored, 

Are you testing us and yourself? 

Or maybe the Gnostics were right, 

We are the true creators, 

And you are the fallen ones

Inverted Cross

A silver shimmering cross covered, coated 

In Dantesque infernal layers of ice

Perhaps all of hell is empty and we are here

Demon Sex

Sly seductive sexy leather clad succubus 

Whipping and screaming 

Her voice ringing into obverses of oblivion 


What if this supposedly moral God who created this 

Fallen world was inherently evil and malevolent?

The dualistic view that this world cannot be saved

Paranoid Octopi 

Gödel octagonal atonal diagonal infinities 

Of sharp sleek oily tenacious tentacles 

Tendrils of the deep implanting ink into the world

Rose Knapp (she/they) is a poet and electronic producer. She has publications in Lotus-Eater, Bombay Gin, BlazeVOX, Hotel Amerika, and others. She has poetry collections published with Hesterglock Press, Dostoyevsky Wannabe, and forthcoming with Beir Bua Press. She lives in Minneapolis.

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