Poetry

August 2021

Empath(Y)

You peel and pull until the skin is as raw and as red

By Kyle Rea

August 5, 2021

Empath(Y)

You peel and pull until the skin is as raw and as red

As the freshly refurbished tear ducts of your

saline-coated people watchers. Hardened

calluses and homegrown hang-nails.

Absorbing abscessed heartache

From the farcical aristocrats

Who can’t handle the pain

Quite like a narcissistic,

Self-proclaimed

“Tortured”

Artist like

You.





Kyle Rea is a queer writer from Ohio. They currently live in New York City, where they’re pursuing a creative writing MFA at The New School. Their poetry and fiction can be found in Subnivean, Dirty Girls Magazine, Jenny Magazine, and more.

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