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i. Open my mouth & watch the mouse-trapped shake,
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After by Alex Lemon

by pneumantric

i.

Open my mouth & watch the mouse-trapped shake,

the maggot-house-meat

splayed before dogs — I am

*that* scab

peeled from the butcher's midnight eyes.

Persistent scalpel— I will thorn soft

these ill-illuminated pleasures.

The mouth whips. The mouth

whips itself clean with wind.

ii.

I knife your words into trees & repeat them backwards

to feel, thieve ear to breast

like a cheat. Today I hunger

for the smallest sheen, hunger for leaves backboning

a chain-link fence.

A shattered-foot ballerina, I cross

pavement split-

lipped, slopping my ruby hooves. Birthing children

piece by piece, I live by fortune

cookies, blizzards & scars.

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