depictions of reentry by barton smock


out of no kindness
does the body
to itself

/ what have you seen

an animal chained to the leg of a spacecraft


imagine not what I wash

but what I wash

/ scar, footstep


will you be able to leave it alone

the butcher’s
your daughter
speaks through

when it uses
her blood
as a broom

Barton Smock lives in Columbus, Ohio. He writes often at and has self-published works of poetry available on Lulu, the most recent of which he calls shuteye in the land of the sacred commoner [& other poems]. He recently had a chapbook, infant*cinema, published by Dink Press.