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Swamp Monster, by Emily Rozitis

Updated: Oct 26, 2021

At the very bottom

of my bathtub,

there is a space for

the darkness.

It exists for

the dark days

when I cannot be any more

when I cannot pretend

when I cannot present

that forced smile

cover up

to satisfy another

man who expects it

in the darkness

in the scalding swamp,

that is my bathtub

I sink






into the only place

where I can be

the swamp monster

that I really am

Light blue handing shelf with various metal oilers, bottles, and cannisters.
Oral History, by Gale Rothstein

Emily Rozitis is a Teacher and writer based in the Canadian prairies. This is her debut poetry publication.


Gale Rothstein lives and works in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Rothstein's work has been included in three consecutive biennial group exhibitions of assemblage sculpture entitled Eye of the Beholder at the Maryland Federation of Art's Circle Gallery (Annapolis, MD). Rothstein recently had a solo exhibition entitled She Dreams at FX Collaborative, a New York City architectural firm. She has received awards from the National Collage Society, Manhattan Arts, Artsy Shark, Fusion Art, and Light Space Time. Her work has been the subject of a feature article and on the cover of Broad Street Literary and Art Magazine. Rothstein's work has also been included in Feral Journal of Poetry and Art, Lumiere Review, and Artist Portfolio Magazine. In the 1980s and 1990s, when Rothstein was a jewelry designer, her work appeared in many fashion publications, including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Glamour, Women's Wear Daily, and several industry magazines.


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