Disowning Her Father, Made Easy

Anastasia Jill


Her father spent years asking

her, “Read the book I wrote.

It will tell you everything

you need to know.”


Words tinted like a window

didn’t wait for her to touch a page

before they jumped,

with sharpened claws

and indoctrinated her back.


A gospel rests its feet

against her lordosis

simulating the world weight

her father felt on his own

shoulders every day.


When he turns away,

she sheers her back

and burns the book,

flames fat and heavy

against the mind refusing

to learn anymore.

ANASTASIA JILL is a queer poet and fiction writer living in the southern United States. She is a current editor for the Smaeralit Anthology. Her work has been published or is upcoming with Poets.org, Lunch Ticket, FIVE:2:ONE, Ambit Magazine, apt, Into the Void Magazine, 2River, Requited Journal, and more.