Crystal Love – Kym Cunningham

I played dental hygienist to a lion,
looking for onions between
red and black fjords, finding only
a soulless cavern.

I knew the mouth;
I’d witnessed that decay before,
calcium crumbling
in a smiling flash.

The first mouth thought
I was fluoride
but this mouth knew
I was just another set of teeth,
barely holding itself together, the
gingivitis settling in.


Kym Cunningham will receive her MFA from San Jose State University with emphases in creative nonfiction and poetry.  She acted as the lead Nonfiction Editor of Reed Magazine, the oldest literary magazine West of the Mississippi.  She received the Ida Fay Sachs Ludwig Memorial Scholarship and the Academy of American Poets Prize for outstanding achievement in her writing. Her writing has been published in Foliate Oak Literary Magazine, The Writing Disorder, The 3288 Review, Drunk Monkeys, and Reed. You can read more of her work at,, and

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