From Part Three of Kristin Abraham’s book The Disappearing Cowboy Trick
She speaks into her hands,
her lips touch and feint.
For the time being
was a glove, at least
shaped like a glove,
(in which case what else—
It’s not that she moves strangely
but it’s the ways she makes
her movements strange:
points to the blue constant
vein in her wrist as she leans:
skin like taut cotton, stretches.
The sound is a patch of grass
(I want to be small—
(I want to live inside of it—
but the vein is a soft
tract, a slight blue,
and she begins there,
at the edge.
This selection comes from Kristen Abraham’s book The Disappearing Cowboy Trick, available from Horse Less Press. Purchase your copy here!
Kristin Abraham was born and raised in Michigan. She currently lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband, three dogs, and two cats. She teaches English at a community college in Wyoming and serves as editor-in-chief and poetry editor for the literary journal Spittoon (www.spittoonmag.com).
T.A. Noonan is the author of several books and chapbooks, most recently four sparks fall: a novella (Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, 2013) and, with Erin Elizabeth Smith, Skate or Die (Dusie Kollektiv, 2014). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Reunion: The Dallas Review, West Wind Review, Hobart, Ninth Letter, and Phoebe, among others. A weightlifter, crafter, priestess, and all-around woman of action, she serves as the Associate Editor of Sundress Publications, Founding Editor of Flaming Giblet Press, and Literary Arts Director for the Sundress Academy of the Arts.
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