TRY ON | KELLIE COOK

 

A kind of ongoing
                     please stop your
anxiety my skin is a crawl-
ing thing

And the slow pull-
ing of animal hair from wool
like an eyelash from
skin

The woman on the streetcar keeps shaking
Maybe more of a tremble         what does
this to the body
Age or shocks in-
side our intestine

Like going to the doctor and playing it cool
Playing it like everything is al-
right, right?

She presses down on my stomach
Four fingers of intimacy

Like writing letters in January
Last month's things
forgotten

 

 
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Kellie Cook is a poet and teacher living in Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Portland State University where she served as the Poetry Editor for Portland Review.

Darla Mottram