Christine Bettis

Christine Bettis currently lives in Las Vegas and attends the University of Nevada MFA program, where she spends too much time in strip-malls. Her first chapbook, Burnout Paradise, was published by Horse Less Press. She’s been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and Sundress Publications Best of the Net Anthology. Her work has been published in Action Yes, Prelude, Storm Cellar, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, Two Serious Ladies, and Helen. She is from Detroit.




Earth is a Blue Orange


An empire’s landscape sure enough polluted

in yellow and green blockades, my bad mood floods

the ground cinematically

among stylized vines and vodka, snowed in


I think I’d like a winter beach

I’d like to witness the end of histories, up against their beginnings

Visions, energies, and bodies outlined in cold sand, smokeless

I’d like to understand then drown vividly the abuses we’ve allowed

against the land and each other


My blood is drawn here from a distant sleep

Where I am always on the edge of earth

And you, severe Pietà, remind me that people are the best part

You spill unclosed trances while the sun rises in a block of ice

Hellish, citrine, and generous for no one




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