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Mari Deweese

Freebleeder

I used to think that 
bleached and processed
tree pulp would 
be enough to catch and carry
emptied contents
of my womb.
But I am older now,
accessing and liberating 
the wiser pain. 
I let flow a funnel
into the world, knowing
what I did not know, 
that words, like blood,
don't belong in a can,
and only cling to inside walls 
for so long before
the source goes septic.

Mari Deweese lives outside of Memphis, and dreams of a place with an actual autumn. Her first book, Kinky Keeps the House Clean, was published by Nixes Mate Books in 2017, and her next collection of poetry will drop from the gibbet in fall 2019.

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