Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Consider the Taxidermist's Tender Hands Trying to Keep from Losing Skin, the Bobcat Grin of the Living

Wasn't going to post today - I link fished last night but was going to let the Branca birthday post stay top for today - but this morning's discovery of a new Sun Kil Moon song called War on Drugs, Suck My Cock changes those plans and of course causes a Mark Kozelek cascade, it's been a while, too long, at least four months.


Kevin Young

I am hoping
to hang your head

on my wall
in shame—

the slightest taxidermy
thrills me. Fish

forever leaping
on the living-room wall—

paperweights made
from skulls

of small animals.
I want to wear

your smile on my sleeve
& break

your heart like a horse
or its leg. Weeks of being

bucked off, then
all at once, you're mine—

Put me down.

I want to call you thine

to tattoo mercy
along my knuckles. I assassin

down the avenue

I hope

to have you forgotten
by noon. To know you

by your knees
palsied by prayer.

Loneliness is a science—

consider the taxidermist's
tender hands

trying to keep from losing
skin, the bobcat grin

of the living.


  1. You won't find too many more cynical souls than that of mine, but I say everyone gets to be your age, and it's gonna be sweet.

    You can wait and feel no fret.

  2. Thanks for the always-welcome Kozelek. And for the also-always-welcome linkage!

    And congrats! Nice choice of pic for Fleabus. (Certainly I was in the chorus shouting for the kitty in the Japanese lantern pic). But there's some stiff comp. E.G., Vampire kitty and QK duck. Good luck!