K A T I E   M A N N I N G

​​H E R M E N E U T I C   C H A O S   J O U R N A L

Katie Manning is the founding Editor-in-Chief of Whale Road Review and an Associate Professor of Writing at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She is the author of four poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman, and her first full-length poetry collection, Tasty Other, is forthcoming in November as the 2016 winner of the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award. She enjoys beaches, books, board games, and alliteration. Find her online at www.katiemanningpoet.com.

B A B Y   D R E A M   # 2 9 : T H E   S P I D E R   W E B



Sticky prickling across my face,
down my arms—

I’ve walked into a web as wide
as a house. It smells like sour milk.

I shudder at familiarity.

A huge spider climbs up toward me
from the ground. I feel the poke
of each of its legs on my skin.

Look up to the stars for help. 

Look down at my baby,
his fingernails embedded in my arm.