SEVEN | FALL 2017
She could never get enough of those dopey drugstore novels. The ones with the heart embellished spines squeezed on a metal spinning rack in the aisle between feminine products and insect repellent. The ones where publishers took pity on readers for the lack of sex by commissioning cover art featuring a couple conjoined in ecstasy. Bare chests. Yards of hair. Usually by a body of water—ocean, river, pond. And usually engulfed by some fraudulent light—moon, sun, star. She loved them mostly for the reuniting scenes. The post-copious kisses, fantasy of forgiveness. Stories where phones were not cut, heads remained unblemished, couches never burned, and there was always an end.
Catherine Moore is the author of three chapbooks and the forthcoming “Ulla! Ulla!” (Main Street Rag Publishing). Her work appears in Tahoma Literary Review, Caesura, Tishman Review, Southampton Review, Still: the Journal, Mid-American Review and in various anthologies. Catherine holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and she teaches at a community college. She’s tweetable @CatPoetic.