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Updated: Jun 25, 2023

Poem by Kate Van Petten

Kate Van Petten (they/them) is a queer and non-binary poet and songwriter based in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. Their first audiobook is forthcoming in Hello America Stereo Cassette, and their second full-length album of music is set to release in 2023 with Dance Cry Dance records. You can find their music under ‘Baddy Gold’ and their poems in zines floating around Seattle coffee shops.

You know how people are bad with kids well

I am bad with adults by ponds in suburban

Photographs in vanity fear footnotes say there’s more

Water on the moon than we think seven billion saw

It differently the other planet in habitable zone 40 darkyears

Away the swan of Aquarius keeps joking about

Death and trying not to read the news

Brain of it squeezes truth out of memory

So how can anyone love anything when

One day construction the next Best Tree gone

Might as well find a new one to keep the paper talking

Not sweet and innocent but sweet and oblivious

I like people who notice & say brilliant things occasionally


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