i ate the apple at midday like it was swollen sunlight. i cleaned my mouth with saliva from my lover. i cleaned my body with leaves and prayer. i cleaned my body until it didn’t hurt. i cleaned my body with children. i ate apple after fleshy apple. i ate until it hurt again. i cleaned myself. i ate myself. i cleaned. i ate.
Joanna Cleary is an undergraduate student double majoring in English Literature and Theatre and Performance at the University of Waterloo. Her work has previously appeared or is forthcoming in The /tƐmz/ Review, The Hunger, Pulp Poets Press, Every Pigeon, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, and Subterranean Blue Poetry, among others. She is also currently a Blog Editor for Inklette Magazine.