We Know Each Other By Our Wounds

when a poet’s lips are sewn

with twine, a scissor or a razorblade

may interstice


(sound dribbles through—


unpicked stitches loosen rooted

tongue till words escape


(torn flesh—


poet finger-paints with bloodied

drool: fluids pool and pucker

into evidence


(print is privilege—


unsown poets make songs flesh



Jude Marr is the author of Breakfast for the Birds (Finishing Line, 2017). Her poetry has appeared in many other publications, including Panoply and Cherry Tree. She is a PhD student at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and also poetry editor for r.kv.ry. More on Jude’s work at www.judemarr.com 

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