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“I like people too much or not at all. I’ve got to go down deep, to fall into people, to really know them.” - Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath let me plunge into your bones & tumble within the chambers of your shuddering heart, that i may sink into the marrow & waltz in your blood, leaving behind these slivers of myself— a swell of lip, a slip of tongue, a swatch of battered lung, the trembling gray putty that cups all our joys & our hurts. dismantle that distant smile— i’ve no need for “how are you” or your pleasant weather; my mother is well, whether you ask me or not. such shapeless words carry none of the sweet bite of your sharpened teeth. i’d rather break my jaw & hand you the pieces than give an answer i know you won’t keep. 92 Nguyen

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Red Cedar Review Vol. 54  

Red Cedar Review Vol. 54