Bug presents a collection of poetry from artist Zoe Koke. A multi-disciplinary artist living and working in Los Angeles. Koke is a difficult artist to pin down. Her poetry is painterly in execution. Her paintings often times feel like poems. The reader is left transfixed by a material history that untethers its own assumptive qualities. She distorts our sense of time passing. The resurfacing of memory and bad habits is not coming of age, rather a cyclical state of becoming. Her poems effortlessly cite David Lynch, Lady Gaga, Julianne Moore, and Casper from ‘Kids’. Flattening their attributes like a painting, these pop culture signifiers are rendered into objects. It’s as if Casper from ‘Kids’ belonged to her, a personal attachment. ‘Every last penny for you, girl’ is a travelogue for the road of uncertainty. Poignantly using ubiquity as a literary device, she guides us alongside her. We become perilously intertwined. A visual tour of lived narratives, metaphor delicately woven into their inert surface. The muttered breath before slumber and the story one might dream of thereafter. Bringing us as readers to a state of pure empathy when she dims the lights for tragedy.