The Smoke House

Rebecca Oet

Inspired by The Harem by Picasso

 

Skincanvas             pooling

                              wrinkling

at the corners of the room                         gazes rose gold.                     

stretched elastic where a man’s head |

 

Ankle to ankle tied with red smoke

pencil clasped between his thigh and calf

                          punched |

                           through  |

cigarette held to eraser

fumes drugging up all the girls.

 

That last one

in the corner

is just a mannequin. You can tell because

she has a face.

 

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