Volume 69, Number 1 · Fall 2019

For a Sunflower/Woman

i knew you first as the ghost sunflower.
yellow planted & forgot to water.
we leave zebra seeds; salt in the shower.
please, green hot love me; soil & altar.

yellow planted & forgot to water.
bucket, girl-garden, pour me june over.
oh green hot love me; soil me, falter,
a clover & clover & a clover.

bucket, girl-garden, pour me june over.
i love you solar-mouthed & corn-husk dry
a clover & clover & a clover.
you haunt me; orchid teeth & eye.

i love you solar-mouthed & corn-husk dry
we leave zebra seeds; salt in the shower.
i want you; orchid-beak-kiss & magpie.
i knew you first as the ghost sunflower.


Robin Gow is a queer and trans poet, editor, and educator in the New York City area. He is the author of the chapbook Honeysuckle by Finishing Line Press and his first full-length collection is forthcoming with Tolsun Books. He is the editor-at-large of Village of Crickets and a managing editor at the Nasiona.