Escape- Karla Van Vliet
She was walking; it didn’t matter where just that her feet kept stepping away from where she could no longer stay. The road headed west and that seemed good enough, good enough for a girl who had no sense of herself, not really. For a girl who knew herself by who she knew she wasn’t. Wasn’t going to take it anymore, wasn’t going to stay, wasn’t that kind of girl. She carried her hands in her pockets; she carried a river stone in one hand and keys to a house she wouldn’t return to in the other. She carried a new direction in each step like a prayer, like a heartbeat. And west was good enough, west was toward the sun.
Karla Van Vliet is the author of two collections of poems, From the Book of Remembrance (Shanti Arts, 2015), andThe River From My Mouth (Shanti Arts, 2016) and a poem length chapbook, Fragments: From the Lost Book of the Bird Spirit (Folded Word, 2018.) Her newest book, Fluency: A Collection of Asemic Writings, is forthcoming from Shanti Arts, 2020. She is an Edna St. Vincent Millay Poetry Prize finalist, and a two-time Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee. Her poems have appeared in Acumen, Poet Lore, The Tishman Review, Green Mountains Review, Crannog Magazine and others. Karla is a co-founder and editor of deLuge Journal. She is an Integrative Dreamwork analyst, artist and administrator of the New England Young Writers' Conference at Bread Loaf, Middlebury College. Karla lives in Vermont, USA.