We Have All Been Held

Lannie Stabile


I’ve been held by a serial killer.

Her tone was flat and informational, but he
recognized the moment for what it was: the first
time she had spread her ribs, exposing the tender
meat below. He was both famished and afraid. L
like a lover? he stammered.

Like a father.






Lannie Stabile, a Detroiter, often says while some write like a turtleneck sweater, she writes like a Hawaiian shirt. A finalist for the 2019/2020 Glass Chapbook Series and semifinalist for the Button Poetry 2018 Chapbook Contest, she is penning a second chapbook, as well as a novel. Works can be found, or are forthcoming, in Glass Poetry, Kissing Dynamite, Monstering, The Hellebore, Honey & Lime, and more. Lannie currently holds the position of Managing Editor at Barren Magazine and is a member of the MMPR Collective.
Twitter handle: @LanniePenland
Writer website: https://lanniepenland.weebly.com