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Doing Nothing at a Party (While a Drunk Girl Gets Destroyed By a Sex Predator)

by Elisabeth Horan

Note: This poem first appeared in Milk + Beans (2018).

CW: sexual assault

An open letter to the “Goombas” of Hanover High School, class of 1992


Elisabeth Horan is an imperfect creature from Vermont advocating for animals, children, and those suffering alone and in pain – especially those ostracized by disability and mental illness. Elisabeth is Editor at Animal Heart Press and Poetry Editor at Anti-Heroin Chic. Elisabeth also glides along as Co-Editor of IceFLoe Press, Toronto.

She recently earned her MFA from Lindenwood University and received a 2018 Best of the Net Nomination from Midnight Lane Boutique and a 2018 Pushcart Nomination from Cease, Cows. She has books coming out in 2019 with Fly on the Wall Poetry Press, Twist in Time Press, Rhythm & Bones Press, Flypaper Magazine, and Hedgehog Poetry Press.

Follow her: @ehoranpoet &

Lead image: “doorknob and shadow” (via Flickr user Andre Chinn)