“Nights With Teeth” and “Stay” by Elizabeth Mercurio


Nights With Teeth

she held her breath
motionless
doll
his-body
her-body
motionless
you
wanted
it
motionless
she held her breath

***

Stay

The lilies in the greenhouse shiver,
done
guitar
heroin
wallet
done
pen
soil
shotgun
done
the lilies in the greenhouse shiver.

Elizabeth Mercurio
3/21/2018

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TSPJ On the March – Call for Submissions

 

 

 

 

 

The Skinny Poetry Journal (TSPJ) seeks new poetry that documents all the beauty and ugliness embedded in humanity. We are especially interested in receiving poems that aim to uppercut injustice in America and knock it out wherever else it exists in the world. TSPJ is a literary journal that is dedicated to The Skinny poetry form. A Skinny is a short poem form, created by Truth Thomas, that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however, those words can be rearranged).The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical.

The point of the Skinny, or Skinnys, is to convey a vivid image with as few words as possible. Skinny poems can be about any subject. They can also be linked, like Haiku, Senryu or Tanka. To submit your Skinnys for publishing consideration, email: theskinnypoetryjournal@gmail.com with your poem, or poems, copied into the body of your email.

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