Liposuction Lit

Emily Miner


Blue veins

printed on this white, filmy page

are completely unassuming.

They sit under the paper pulp

keeping your work’s body in order,

without opinions about its physicality.

Suddenly, a circle here, “X”

marks the spot there, and dotted

lines that assert the opinion,

“You need to be arranged,

then sewn up, differently.

Your lines don’t look good anymore.”

Nip and tuck, nip and tuck,

the bloody ink flows

out from the papery flesh until the original

form is almost unrecognizable. The sheet

is thrown back, operation over.

Scrubbing off your stained hands,

you can finally say the writing is perfect.

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