Daddy’s Fixing a Pocketknife, a poem by Katelyn Dunne

He stands in the kitchen and twists
the screw that holds the blade in place.
He hunches over, the glasses
that magnify firmly on nose,
and drives it as delicately
as a dancer. His hand pliés
and pirouettes near the sharpness
never losing balance. He stops,
looks at me, and sighs, wanting to teach
me a dance I never want to learn.

Katelyn Dunne is an alumna of University of the Cumberlands. She hails from and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she has been a Managing Editor at The Drowning Gull, Associate Editor at Zoetic Press, and Student Editor at Pensworth. Her writing and artwork have been published in Pensworth, The Albion Review, NonBinary Review, Aurora, The Poetry Marathon Anthology, and several of Z Publishing’s anthologies. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Catholic mass, eating vegetarian entrees, and teaching a classroom of enthusiastic toddlers.