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oh wrist bone oh ring shadow
oh thin-lined tattoos
swirling florals cutthroat & envy

all muscle & smooth & tucked elbow
& little cat scratch scars

rind of blade & whistle
a sharpthroated fledgling
​​                                   oh sublime flesh

we measure out time with your sunburns
balloon puff & water vesicles

what does it mean to tongue blistered skin
to feel it burst honey scab in our gums

oh frostbite fingernails oh knucklebones
oh gemstone wilderness

clavicle cavity a little dipper
filled with the broth of our gutstretch wombs
muddied horse flank warm as nectar

oh tank top oh intergalactic grass stain
oh blooded bat teeth & collected trauma

drip of rhinestone reminding us
the world is never different
beginning or end

just ghost & heat
copper taste & gourmet wounds
never deeper than a pinprick

Hannah V Warren is a doctoral student at the University of Georgia where she studies poetry and speculative narratives. She is the author of two chapbooks: [re]construction of the necromancer (2020) and Southern Gothic Corpse Machine (forthcoming 2022). Her works have appeared in Gulf Coast, The Pinch, and Fairy Tale Review, among others.
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