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Look at him, Starling. Tell me what you see.

            or, still life with crime scene photos
            and newspaper clippings

 

We will know him by
            the bodies of his work:
 
an arm unsleeved of skin,
                                             and another,
 
a blouse split up the back
like a ladybird.

 
Witness in the mudwell of a bootprint:
            gunpowder and mothwing.
 
                                                        There,
a ditchdeep arrangement
                                       of ankles.
 
Here, a headline reads:
Fathers, Hide Your Daughters.
 
 
 
 

Lindsay Lusby's poetry has appeared in Sugar House Review, The Lumberyard, The Feminist Wire, Fairy Tale Review, and Midway Journal, among others. Her chapbook Imago was published by dancing girl press in 2014. With Jehanne Dubrow, she co-edited The Book of Scented Things, a poetry anthology from the Literary House Press. She is the Assistant Director of the Rose O'Neill Literary House at Washington College where she serves as assistant editor for the Literary House Press and managing editor for Cherry Tree.