The Smoke House

Rebecca Oet

Inspired by The Harem by Picasso


Skincanvas             pooling


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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