pandemonium: the body by Hannah Schoettmer

there is a 24-hour grace period / between each change. each sunrise you are different / you become beautiful. you change color. you grow a snaggletooth and greasy bangs / you disappear and reappear but generally / weigh the same: approx. 150 pounds / every time you are seen you are new / both always shifting and immune to transformation / nobody knows if that is a feature you share with god / or the most chaotic and horrific way / a creature could possibly exist: writhing; shifting; boiling; firm;


Hannah Schoettmer is a high school junior living in the Pacific Northwest. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Butcher Papers, a youth-focused literary magazine, which can be found online at She has been recognized by TeenInk, Write the World, the Scholastic Art and Writing awards, and the Live Poets Society of New Jersey, among others. Her creative work has appeared or is forthcoming in Crepe and Penn, Marias at Sampaguitas, Wide Eyes Publishing’s salt + vinegar, and elsewhere. She can be found on Twitter and Instagram @hannuh_js

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