C.N.P Poetry 

  • Cathexis Northwest Press

Mirroring

By: Sasha Torchinsky


I only want the world to end

when i’m done with it.


Often i stare into the ocean;

o to be so fluid you can hold another’s shape

& stay the same thing.


This story is a horse beaten into a new name;

a king builds a palace of mirrors

& bankrupts his countrymen.

You can’t drink glass

without becoming something else.


Sure, everyone has trauma

& mine lives in my body

& it moves as i move

& it stares back at me.




Sasha Torchinsky is a queer Jewish writer & artist born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. Sasha is inspired by James Baldwin, reality television, and freaks everywhere. Their work has appeared in Filling Station, Storm Cellar, and Sooth Swarm Journal.