Zoonosis, Kelly Boyker

You throw off the light of a man who has tried
to solve himself against the bodies of many women.

I cast the shadow of a woman who
has used her body to bandage wounds.

You have the eyes of a man who leaves his truth
on the dresser and his history on the bed.

Back to back I am drugged with the leftover
chemicals of your lovers.

-- I Know You from a Ragged Quarry, from Zoonosis

Zoonosis
by Kelly Boyker
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About Kelly Boyker

Kelly Boyker’s work has appeared in many places, including, but not limited to, PANK, Prick of the Spindle, Arsenic Lobster, Opium Magazine and FRiGG. More publications can be found in the Grateful Acknowledgements section of this chapbook. Her work has been Pushcart nominated and won the Richard Hugo House “Power of Place Annual Inquiry”. Most recently, she was honored to participate in the Fainting Couch Idioglossia collaborative anthology from Blood Pudding Press. When she is not at her mortgage-paying job she acts as as the poetry editor of Menacing Hedge. She lives in Seattle with four cats, one dog and her wonderful husband, Gio.