Olivia Hu is the Editor-In-Chief of Venus Mag and author of the chapbook Ocean's Children (Platypus Press, December 2016). Her work is forthcoming or has been published in Red Paint Hill, Eunoia Review, Cadaverine, Track Four, and more.
Recollection of Animalism
after Caroline O’Connor Thomas
Here's what I know: every second skin
peels everything bleeds in layers / God
finds scabs after they've spooled to
sky / I know hunger as a slow thing stitching
teeth to bones / and what about the body:
how easy to shift primal & swallow black
tongues & sand away lips /
do you want to run / as in
do you want to press bodies,
count all the hollow voids & finger
them further? / I don't play games well but
truth or dare, let's smash teeth
against teeth / in your teeth: drawstring
insides waiting fences / I pull rawhide
over shoulders but
it's always the same ending / Us
carrying rinsed footsteps us leaving
bloodied / Our backpacks
spitting stomach acid & shadows.
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