lannie stabile

The Time My Brother Doused Himself in Gasoline and Struck a Match Has Stolen the Remote

We don’t talk about it:

the smell of sulfur in the living room

gas can resting near the beat up recliner
he and I fought over every Saturday morning

the gentle drip of accelerant from his shirt tail
onto the hardwood, neglected, but original from 1924

singed skin lingering in the siren air

how the match fell from his fingers,
and we all held our breath


Lannie Stabile (she/her/hers), a queer Detroiter, is the winner of OutWrite’s 2020 Chapbook Competition in Poetry; the winning chapbook, Strange Furniture, is out with Neon Hemlock Press. She is a back-to-back finalist for the Glass Chapbook Series and back-to-back semifinalist for the Button Poetry Chapbook Contest. Lannie currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Barren Magazine and is a member of the MMPR Collective. She was named a 2020 Best of the Net finalist. Her debut full-length, Good Morning to Everyone Except Men Who Name Their Dogs Zeus, is out now with Cephalopress. Find her on Twitter @LannieStabile.