A Threat
Sarah Blake
I answered the door to a young man.
He looked relieved. And then lustful.

He stepped aside as if to make 
a place for me to stand beside him. 

I realized quickly that I was the lady.
And if that were true then nearby

there was a door quite like mine,
and behind it, frantic, livid, the tiger.
Sarah Blake is the author of Mr. West, an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West, out from Wesleyan University Press in 2015. Her first chapbook, Named After Death, is forthcoming from Banango Editions with an illustrated companion workbook. Her epic poem, The Starship, appeared at Berfrois, and other poems of hers have appeared, or will soon, in the Kenyon ReviewPoetry NorthwestThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Threepenny Review, and The Rumpus. In 2013, she was awarded an NEA fellowship for poetry. She is founder of Submittrs, and lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.

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