Skin’s Dark Night Amy Pence


Two girls play with cards/ too
big for their palms/ one
wears a silver ring at the joint
that rubs thumb/ All
over Vietnam water puppets
blow and pump: manic/

triumphant. Venus de Milo:
romance pared of excess
How I can’t let go: late 70s
near Henderson, Nevada—
a hitchhiker walks dazed
her forearms severed away.


February 2003 2River