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Red Bucket Heart

Petra Kamula

Note: from Metamorphosis – a partial sequence written in the voice of a young woman during her time at a live-in eating disorder clinic

I stand in front of the mirror and tear everything away –
all the layers of my skin, the eyes

are easy to clip and pop-socket,
the plush of lips

I unhook, the flute of larynx
I pare away, the reeds of ribs

and the sharp bones of the foot
lift up like tiny helicopters,

the ligaments, lobes of fat, lamp lungs,
they all come away.

I even rip out my red bucket heart
with its antennae of valves and arteries

and those cave-like chambers
big enough, they say, to house
the echoes of love.

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