Blake Kilgore


put your fingers down
roll them into your pockets
lock the dragon in silence

now find your children
hold their hands and kiss their cheeks
escape these bonds of violence

About the author
Blake Kilgore
is the author of Leviathan (2021), a collection of poetry. A wanderer, he’s from the South and Midwest and now the Northeast. Blake used to be a preacher but walked away to find his faith. He’s been winding his way back now, and love of his wife and four sons is a balm. A junior high basketball coach and teacher, Blake is also refreshed by the idealism of his young students. His writing has appeared in Barely South Review, BULL, Lunch Ticket, and other fine journals. To find out more, please visit

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