kidneys sit curved in the lower back
to lie on, like a sun-lounger, Las Vegas,
suntan oil, cat-eye sunglasses, the gurgle
of the filtration system, skimming out
poolboy comes, his mesh basket
at the end of his aluminium pole,
them into urine for the journey down
the ureters to your bladder
Cranberry juice is an excellent
urinary alkilinizer, restoring pH.
long glass, wedge of lime,
ice-cubes tinkling, slim straw,
nuclear test-ground sky.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Natasha Dennerstein was born in Melbourne to a family originating in Belarus. She worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years, which gave her an interesting perspective on the human condition. In 2011 she competed the MA in Creative Writing at the IIML at Victoria University. Natasha has poetry published in 4th Floor, Landfall, Snorkel, JAAM, Takahe, Bloom and in several anthologies. She is currently living in San Francisco, where she is an MFA candidate in poetry in the Creative Writing Department at San Francisco State University.