Michelle Renee Hoppe: Poetry: April 2021


Southern Legitimacy Statement: Michelle Renee Hoppe is south of Jordan in Saudi Arabia. She grew up in Florida for a hot minute, and she is a nomadic displaced and fragmented sort of ghosty person.

Tulip Bulbs Dry on a Sunday Morning of a Utah Spring

When I learned Mormonism 
uprooted reason, my unhappily hitched teacher
stared at me like she knew me too well, as if
she could tell that I was queer. I asked why 
I needed to choose a husband’s 
looks in Bible study class. 

I am only twelve; I thought, 

I don’t know what I am doing 
for summer vacation.