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Skin to Skin in an Unmarked Life
by Barton Smock
Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his wife and four children. He is the author of the chapbook infant*cinema (Dink Press 2016) and of the full length Ghost Arson (Kung Fu Treachery Press 2018). His other work is privately self published and available upon request. He writes often at kingsoftrain.com
SOME OF THESE CHURCHES AREN’T MINE
I don’t have anything poetic to say about names beyond that we killed the animals in the wrong order. I remember a rabbit disguised as milk as clearly as my dog does a dream of a whale moaning a verse from its lonely size into a bullet hole meant for something smaller. I’m not sure that wordplay tricks trauma out of its inheritance, though suppose it’s possible that incompletely by accident the fleeing angels of our absence return harm over and over without a scratch to a satellite touching itself in a photograph developed by god’s avoidance. In a town for homesick people who use sex as a lamp, there’s a first time for everything except recognition.