the poetry that matters

Natalie Zina Walschots

Natalie Zina Walschots' first book of poetry, Thumbscrews, was published by Snare Books in the Fall of 2007. Her newest manuscript, Supervillains, is nearly complete. Her work has recently appeared in FOURSQUARE, Rampike, A4, Open Letter, Misunderstanding Magazine and Last Supper. She has served as the Managing Editor of filling Station and dANDelion magazines. She also co-curated the Flywheel reading series from 2005-2008.  Natalie completed her MA in English/Creative Writing at the University of Calgary. Her current base of operations is located in Toronto, where she teaches Creative Writing at a private high school. She lives in a menagerie with several humans, two cats, and a dog.

Pied Piper

stroke cochlea
each lick against tympanic
catch cillia slap pinna

catch stirrup
sung spurred
canals alight lobbed temporal
warbling flautist wails hammer and tongs



Dr. Strange

Monster Men

tumors bulge tumultuous
straps and sinew
sewn bone to bone saw
cloned gloaming groan

whittled to wart
cleft palate warbled
squat and glistening
Genetically Perfect Man

abs undone teflon
crisp and hulking

shoulder radiant
all grip and spine

something gutteral beneath

tar in the heart




pink and peel
squirming desquamation
itchy fingers

kiss raw meat
fluoresce photophobic

caustic soda
pig iron




playing card carotid
pencil through cornea

a skull no match
for your own shattered tooth

accuracy is everything

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