“Pacify” by Quinn Rennerfeldt


Henry Kissinger has nothing
on my lactating breast. My daughter uses
my chest as pacifier, hemming the borders
between two fractions of the Sudan, washing away
the divisions that splice Koreas, re-heading ISIS victims
with one suckle, reversing the trajectory
of a cop’s bullet at a young man, unarmed.

She meets with heads of state
behind closed doors and drawn shades,
unveils my nipples one at a time: the left
as opening negotiation, the right
to seal the deal. Handshakes occur
over glasses of white gold, the satisfied suckles
of friendly treaties signed.

Amazing, the abilities harbored by
this sloping flesh, mouth-sized and able
to produce, at once, its petal-soft milk,
cream-top emissary, my most mollifying nectar.


Quinn Rennerfeldt earned her degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a currently lives in San Francisco with her daughters, husband, and menagerie, though her heart belongs to Denver. Her work can be found in Slipstream, Cider Press Review, Bird’s Thumb, Sassafras, Progenitor, and BloodLotus, among others.

Lorette C. Luzajic is an award winning mixed media visual artist and writer in Toronto, Canada. She regularly shows her work in galleries, fairs, events, and journals. She is also the editor of The Ekphrastic Review, a journal devoted exclusively to creative writing inspired by art. www.mixedupmedia.ca

Featured image by Lorette C. Luzajic

Featured image title “all that she brings”

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