Anorexic Erotic Dream

by Becca McGilloway

Content warning: eating disorder



In a bathtub 
rimmed in lime 

basil salts, I take
a spoon to hollow

my belly until
I am October

squash, my pulp 
swimming in salt

ready for baking.
The whirlpool

is a 
pressure cooker

and I leave the bath
without my body.


The water boils
            over 

            cremating
my leftovers.



BECCA MCGILLOWAY

Becca McGilloway has an MFA in Poetry from the Stonecoast Creative Writing program at the University of Southern Maine. Her poems have been published in Spires Magazine and States of the Union. A former graduate of Emerson College, she resides near Boston and is passionate about her work as an ESL tutor.