The hand keeps turning

Thomas Fucaloro is the author of two books of poetry published by Three Rooms Press, most recently It Starts from the Belly and Blooms. The winner of a performance grant from the Staten Island Council of the Arts and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, he has been on five national slam teams. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the New School and is a co-founding editor of Great Weather for Media and NYSAI press. He is a writing coordinator at the Harlem Children’s Zone and lives in Staten Island. Has 3 chapbooks: Mistakes Disguised as Stars (Tired Hearts Press); Depression Cupcakes (Yes, Poetry); and forthcoming There is Always Tomorrow (Madgleam Press).


The hand keeps turning

the twine into wheel
webs arms into body
and regulation is for the sheep
eaten by wolves, pregnant
with paused legislation
around this body, lust
is an animal, this body is
ravaged with everyday
this thinly veiled trigger of through
licks this salt with wounds.

Pull your body close
while they try
to pull your body

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