How Catholic School Was Invented


Illustration by SD

the color plaid

how to fold hands into one another

nail polish remover


ordinary time lenten

stomachs how fast

knees learn the right angle

of bend and break


the difference between men and amen

is only alpha


to pray

and still be prey:

how to praise a man            

without asking why

ERIN JIN MEI O’MALLEY is a poet who lives in Germany. She has previously served as a Genre Editor for Polyphony H.S. and is the Co-Founder of Sooth Swarm Journal. Erin has attended workshops run by the University of Virginia and the Kenyon Review. Her work been recognized by Hollins University, Columbia College Chicago, the National YoungArts Foundation, and others. She blogs at

SD is an artist, writer and curator. All of her work focuses on women, feminism and curating issues in art. She is founding curator of Les Femmes Folles, an organization for women in art.