Wednesday, April 29, 2009

defining the cut

I keep the blades sharp
antiseptic handy
It is control I am after
I cut

dilute or adulterate the pain with pain
refuse to recognize it socially
absent myself from attendance to it

I stop
halt the running, but not the bleeding

then I edit by omitting parts
detach as if with sharp instruments
separate from the main body; lop off

make or fashion it into a jewel exquisite
produce a pattern by grinding
intersect. cross.


  1. This is incredible and disturbing (and I mean that in a good way).

  2. First it read like a death wish..


    raise the bar

  3. I like it....seems to me you're talking about editing your writing, at least that's what I get out of it. Good job

  4. Nope. I am talking about the condition where people cut themselves to release pain, gain control or for whatever reason. I know this sounds counterintuitive, but it is a real psychological problem. I don't have this, but I know more than a few cutters. Very difficult to deal with in therapy.

  5. nicely first sounded like procedure of my partner getting her knee replacement last week


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