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  Cover Issue 16 THE CITY FLESH


This drowsy light sphere

lifts the arms dangling

through wood planks

I'm close. I know it

in the halted distant train

the door shutting behind

my dying flashlight. This final

hallway pulses in bodily timing

The walls dimple to my touch

and as I carve a dull

year the static crisps and the last

entry vanishes from the diary that guides me.




Nikki Harlin is an MFA candidate at California State University, San Bernardino where she writes poetry.

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