The Monstress

has three heads and a blowtorch
big enough to strangle you with.
The Monstress thrives on anything
done under duress. That doesn’t
mean she’s an exercise addict. 
It means she loves to rip off
your nose. That is the first 
thing that will happen to you
when you meet the Monstress.
The Monstress wants you to know
she believes in homicide. 
No. It’s not a punk reference. 
It means exactly what you 
think it means.

 — forthcoming, No Surrender
 — (Penguin, 2018)

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