Star LaBranche was born exactly one month before Jem and the Holograms aired on television. The poet currently resides in Virginia Beach, VA, she works at ECPI University in Content Marketing and attends classes in their Business Administration program. Star describes herself as a dedicated cat mom, and enjoys quiet evenings at home with her Maine Coon mix, Happy Cat. With a transparent use of language, LaBranche's poems reflect on the pains and perks of being a woman in today's world.
I want to touch your brows
stroke your sides with my nails
lay on your chest and become the
rhythm of your heartbeat
pull you apart until I can
climb inside your flesh
and once I do, you will shelter
me from the world I can’t seem to
navigate on my own
once I wear you like armor
I’ll know that no one,
not even myself, can touch me
Photos by Alex Mari.