Monday, October 22, 2012

Amy Pollard


Bone-cold water
scrapes away flakes of skin
beneath his fingernails
and expunges crimson
from his palms.

He swears it was a shuffle of the cards,
a roll of the dice,
a change in the weather—
anything but him.

Gerald So reads "Aftershock":

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Amy confesses: "Not all homicides are created equal. Voluntary manslaughter is a "heat of passion" killing, in which the perpetrator may not have originally intended to kill the victim, but ultimately does under reasonable provocation. In this piece, I aimed to depict the aftershock of this crime."

AMY POLLARD is a poet, writer, and student, blogging at Amy's Pen. Her work has appeared (or is forthcoming) in Emerge Literary Journal, Eunoia Review, The Copperfield Review, Linguistic Erosion and Smashed Cat Magazine.

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