Notes on the Jugular


Suffocate a fish, then choke

on its bone. For days, you practice


the Arabic letters. Your father spits

while your mother perfumes


below her chin. Remember the place

of the moles, and remember to rinse


the steel full of phlegm. Knife

the goat like this, and hold


chickens between your thumb

and index. Begin to love


at his jaw.

Noor Shahzad is an undergraduate at Salisbury University studying creative writing