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Any skink
you ask
would say
my blue tail—

What part
of yourself
would you
throw off

the sled
to the wolves
like the groom
did the bride

in the story?
The knife-
thrower’s board
is in the back

room at Good-
will. Versions
of the dead
keep showing

up like a motif
in the life
of the groom.
It can’t see

the new tail
that grows back,
the skink, but
it feels its center

of gravity shift
away from
the sky and closer
to the dirt.

 

Carolyn Guinzio‘s sixth collection is How Much Of What Falls Will Be Left When It Gets To The Ground? (Fall 2018, Tolsun Books). Among her other books are Ozark Crows (Spuyten-Duyvil, 2018), a sequence of visual poems, and Spoke & Dark (Red Hen, 2012) winner of the To The Lighthouse/A Room Of Her Own Prize. Her writing or visual work has appeared in Agni, Bomb, Boston Review, December, The New Yorker and many other journals. A Chicago native, she lives in Fayetteville, AR. Her website is carolynguinzio.tumblr.com

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