Blackbirdan online journal of literature and the artsSpring 2014  Vol. 13  No. 1
an online journal of literature and the arts
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after you kissed a slurry of words into my needling mouth
I stumbled into a swatch of flightless crows,
scissored my way through a field of flightless crows

after the current raked my foreskin off, raked the old mouth off
& replaced it with chain mail,
your hips kited a path on my backbone

after you sanded & papered my heart, decided to petrify,
begin anew with a pin from the spine of a weathered house

& how in retrospect you winnowed my body down to a seedling,
winnowed one obedient layer after another to a seedling,
scraped my lungs out & grew them back in one ruthless tock

a cassowary parted the air with two black razors
pinned to a funeral barge on the black river,
stumbled into a field of flightless crows  end  

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