Kristin Garth

The Sweet Seduction of Willy Wonka

Three confectioners would introduce spies
into his factory. Slugworth tries one
with chocolate brown eyes. Taffy tongue slides
down stripes of suckers supersized — young nun
by the visage that is but disguise. Sweet
a candyman should recognize. Slugworth
at first, himself, was victimized repeated
times, safe compromised twice before he first
realized. Emphasizes his power to put her in
cuffs — or would wise sticky fingers
acquire him stuff from disenfranchised shut-in
chocolatiers? Week, she appears in sugar
balloons, inviting his bites, an indecent show
for Slugworth. Tastes of sweets, two experts know.

Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Best of the Net & Rhysling nominated sonnet stalker. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of sixteen books of poetry including Pink Plastic House (Maverick Duck Press), Crow Carriage (The Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter: Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), The Meadow (APEP Publications) and Golden Ticket forthcoming from Roaring Junior Press. She is the founder of Pink Plastic House a tiny journal and co-founder of Performance Anxiety, an online poetry reading series. Follow her on Twitter: (@lolaandjolie) and her website kristingarth.com.
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