fresh-stripped of skin

Aaron Crippen

Excerpted from Warring States, Anomalous Press Chapbook Contest Notable

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fresh-stripped of skin
any one of us can kill
but we warp with the weather

he binds us together
that we know how to fly on the eye-line

slip into bodies
bury our heads
in blood

Aaron Crippen is a writer and translator of Chinese.  He has won a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the PEN Texas Literary Award for Poetry.  His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Beloit Poetry Journal, VERSE, Mid-American Review, Nimrod and many other journals.