P O E T RY Meghann Plunkett In the Fist of the Blade Holder e c Th ow’s head on a damp wooden block severed, tongueless, with pieces of its cheek shaved off little by little. And always, pulled in by the hand of their mother, there is a child who pauses, reaching into their own mouth to make sure their tongue is still attached. The glass pane foggy with the freshness of flanks, wine colored and splayed into a perfect row. Chicken feet curled like wire hangers, nineteen hooves attached to their joints. One kidney purpling in a stew of its own leaking and there is always a woman who smiles at the butcher, his apron speaking his day in a deep, rouged staining. He always returns to the back room, where a bone saw sings through marrow. His hands wrist deep in a lamb and yanking at the intestine like a long gray handkerchief. The silver grinder humming flesh into a creamy pulp. He works his knife like a dancer, slicing through a body— tossing into a bucket what no one would want. Carrying a whole, hollowed hog over his shoulder like a bride. A single y
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Apr 10, 2018
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