about the author

Stephanie Smith is a poet and writer from Scranton, Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in such publications as Gutter Eloquence, The Horror Zine, and Yellow Mama. Her first chapbook, Dreams of Dali, is available from Flutter Press.


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TO BE HUMAN

Stephanie Smith



The oceans are full
of human hair
and bloated bodies
caught by a whaler’s harpoon

Somewhere on the streets
a bird attempts
to snatch an eyeball,
to catch a glimpse
of mortal doom

It drops it
over and over
And, frustrated,
it flies away,
never knowing what it’s like
to be human,
but aping it all too well





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