Graphite sketch of petunias in dark green

Belle Absente

experimental poetry with alphanumeric cyphers


A Beautiful Outlaw/ Belle Absente
Outlaw word: werewolf

These spaces inside our xenophobic idioms flog zaftig sinful query to justify unmistakably venomous superstitions

Following traditions into phantom journaling within cryptid xanthic varnish- proposing asks without vanishing- you brick your liquid hazard into this blitz

and I am found poolside to the // questions, soggy dowzed, jilted beside amoxycillin vamp kill cults, awash in the censure of his flesh

Without our dismay, his growlstrung absolving only buzzy cuts to quick fix the bloodpour- the horror of it all,

As though he chose this madness. Your revulsion juxtaposed to frame his bazooka queerness

An example vainly thinned through veil as he agonizes with his quest to bedeck a spiritual fury, just apart from grief

Aching to knock quarrels free and bizjet skyward, moving purple bruises over the excavated lands

We each capitulated our kindness- jinxing equivocality in amazement to the greater gods we abjured.

signature in green which reads "pea flower tea" with the flower depicted as a hand drawn flower design.


Belle Absente (The Beautiful Outlaw)

Form Rules

A Belle Absente, also called The Beautiful Outlaw, is created by choosing a hidden word and writing around each letter of that word by assigning each stanza or line of your poem to that letter. Within each stanza, the assigned letter can NOT be used, but you must use all of the remaining letters of whatever alphabet/language your poem was written in. So, as I wrote this in English, every stanza or line will contain all 25 other letters, but not the letter to which the stanza is assigned.  Similar to an acrostic poem, where the first letter of each line spells something downward, you can find the chosen word by finding out what single letter is missing from each line or stanza.  The missing word is usually included within the poem's title, or as an aside.

About the author

Pea is an artist focused on building an art therapy platform through transformative art and positive erotica to help victims of sexual violence reclaim their power. She lives on a small island and hides from loud noises.