The Dead Girls Speak in Unison

by Danielle Pafunda

Bloof Books
Oct 13, 2015 · 1 min read

We’ll tell you
what a corpse is.

It’s a girl

with her shoes
on backward.

It’s a double-
jointed girl.

It’s a glass eye
in a glass jar
in the snapped jaw
of an alligator
girl.

It’s a doll

whose eyes move

of their own accord

when you turn
just so.

It’s a busted
septum
through which
the worm
can thread
her lonely
troubles.

Her lover
done gone.

*

If you’re looking for something pretty
nestled in the fold
of this leprous bosom,
come closer. Snap, snap.

We loved craftily.
We infected ourselves,
and tranq’d ourselves,
and drank ourselves
silly and sang:

Oh!
What a dumb-dumb-
ugly-duck,
a useless piece
of ugly meat.

a slinky heaven.

And now?

And now?

Nothing soft
slinks our way

that isn’t wet
with what you’d call

carrion,
currency.

From The Dead Girls Speak in Unison


Originally published at www.kenyonreview.org.

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The Dead Girls Speak in Unison, forthcoming in a second edition from Bloof (2015)

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Written by

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A new weekdaily poetry zine by Bloof Books. Selected from small press books, chapbooks & magazines. ++++ Submissions are now open. ++++ https://medium.com/the-quotidian-bee/guidelines-faq-46954f98ed8b

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