Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Scar

Academic journal article TriQuarterly

The Scar

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Afterwards, I looked out from inside my body, I saw the outline of it was the shape of my life, too, my form puckering at the nipples, where I want to give forth, and joined into the bright humming corner where I most crave to be reached - of course that place wears its hood, I could see how I want things and pretend not to. He was lying heavily on me, resting that dense torso on mine, the way an island leans into a hidden tectonic plate - clearly I am a piece of planet, damp and furrowed - and between me and him a portion of that primeval ooze substance which still remembers the taste of lightning crept, as a river trickles far from its delta. And then I felt my many-parted hair dividing, I felt my ribs open like a hand - it wasn't that I was crying, it was a huge rending of my structure: I want to be inside him. …

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