Mouths
Sarah Blake
For a second, the light
made that glass in her mouth
look like a knife.

I'm embarrassed I thought it.

The woman's injury 
in my mind before she'd even 
undone her lips. 

But my shame is not my 
violent tendency, 
though I hide them the same,

near my heart. Which is to say,
in my breasts, large
like hers. Who would notice

the blood in our mouths?
Sarah Blake is the author of Mr. West, an unauthorized lyric biography of Kanye West, out from Wesleyan University Press in 2015. Her first chapbook, Named After Death, is forthcoming from Banango Editions with an illustrated companion workbook. Her epic poem, The Starship, appeared at Berfrois, and other poems of hers have appeared, or will soon, in the Kenyon ReviewPoetry NorthwestThe Los Angeles Review of BooksThe Threepenny Review, and The Rumpus. In 2013, she was awarded an NEA fellowship for poetry. She is founder of Submittrs, and lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and son.


more by Sarah Blake:
A Threat
The Safety of Women