600 a Month Plus Utilities

Because scars stay
Because scars stay
I wear sleeves, I behave
and I walk fast and I save
every receipt, every page.
Same spit shower screaming every day.
Scars stay but bruises fade and no one ever stays in love.
But they stay in apartments because rent is fucking high.

Steffi Shook is a PhD student studying media and focusing on video games, gender and sexuality, and marginalized media production. Poetry has been an important outlet for her since an early age, and she has previously been published in Poetry Quarterly and The Flagler Review. She resides in The Buckeye State.

You can see more of her work in 50/50 here and here