that was joy she said

that was joy she said
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Photo by Linzi (copied from Flickr)
Photo by Linzi (copied from Flickr)

when people began
wearing their own skin
like it was a scarf, a fur [private]

there were the Olds
who stared or spit
on our bare thighs

milk-like cappuccino
froth in our Tangle
yet, we opened

we strut & showed
we were flawed
flowers all

and that was joy, she said
she liked the red
razor scars of girth

they felt hot, his
low breasts exulted
as individuals, his third

snowflake nipple, everything
you ever love
gets old

will fray, die
so be decadent
in Human Paisley, they wrote [/private]

Ryan Van Winkle

About Ryan Van Winkle

Ryan Van Winkle is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and his poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand, Poetry Daily and Prairie Schooner. He is a regular contributor to the Prairie Schooner blog and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012. He is also the host and co-producer of the arts podcast The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser and the poetry podcast for the Scottish Poetry Library. Find his website at www.ryanvanwinkle.com.

Ryan Van Winkle is a poet, live artist, podcaster and critic living in Edinburgh. His first collection, Tomorrow, We Will Live Here, was published by Salt in 2010 and his poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, AGNI, Poetry New Zealand, Poetry Daily and Prairie Schooner. He is a regular contributor to the Prairie Schooner blog and was awarded a Robert Louis Stevenson fellowship in 2012. He is also the host and co-producer of the arts podcast The Multi-Coloured Culture Laser and the poetry podcast for the Scottish Poetry Library. Find his website at www.ryanvanwinkle.com.

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