after Nancy Drew, Number One, in which
Nancy Drew finds a will in an old clock
that gave her a vocation;
I found a will in an old house
that gave me a location.
Not the antique clock but the document
inside, Nancy Drew must find to be a
bona fide girl detective. For you, it went —
find papers in a house flooded by a bay,
a deceased stranger hid decades away in
thirty two hundred square feet with secret
rooms, architectural conceits, a sin
they went unnoticed before. Subsequent
to searching, you adore this place more
until all is saved by a forgotten safe.
Top once drilled open then replaced with poured
concrete (?!?) a sledgehammer breaks. A waif
with a clue becomes a proprietor
of a house of words in woods evermore.
Kristin Garth is a Pushcart, Rhysling nominated sonneteer and a Best of the Net 2020 finalist. Her sonnets have stalked journals like Glass, Yes, Five:2:One, Luna Luna and more. She is the author of 20 books of poetry including Candy Cigarette Womanchild Noir (Hedgehog Poetry Press), Flutter Southern Gothic Fever Dream (TwistiT Press), and Girlarium (Fahmidan Journal). 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