P E R S E P H O N E  S P E A K S 

a collection of poetry written for persephone, the goddess of the spring who bit a god in the wrist and descended to the underworld to rule hell and hades and devoured the pomegranate and those who stood in her way to maintain her throne there

part i. PERSEPHONE by UltimateOutlaw

She, who in the hell-halls of Hades feasts—
Who ate from these, three pomegranate seeds,
Maiden of Spring, became the Iron Queen.


Mother, you don’t understand; I made Hades run to me
He saw my bones beneath and offered me half his kingdom.
Do you really think I ate the fruit unwillingly?

part iii. PERSEPHONE THE WANDERER by Louise Gluck

Persephone is having sex in hell.
Unlike the rest of us, she doesn’t know
what winter is, only that
she is what causes it.


You asked me, mother, why I only ate six seeds, then
and I didn’t know what to say, way back when. 

part v. PERSEPHONE by Emily Palermo

they’ve kept the truth
about persephone a secret
burying it deep below


he calls me his lady
but he knows
i am a queen

part vii. I AM NOT MEANT TO SERVE by S.A.

one month to pluck your heartstrings,
two months to seize your kingdom,
and the third to rule it

part viii. PERSEPHONE by D.S. 

she swallowed the seeds as  
willingly as she will one day
swallow the w o r l d 

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