Sarah James is an award-winning poet, short fiction writer, editor, reviewer and journalist. Her latest book, plenty-fish (Nine Arches Press), is her fourth poetry collection. A multi-media narrative in poems, The Magnetic Diaries, based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in a modern English setting was published by Knives, Forks and Spoons Press earlier in 2015. Her debut collection, Into the Yell (Circaidy Gregory Press), won third prize in the International Rubery Book Awards and other recent competition wins include the Overton Poetry Prize 2015, Wordpool Festival Poetry Competition 2014 (with her poem animated for the Blackpool Illuminations) and the Poetry on Loan ‘homemade, home-grown’ Poetry Competition 2014. She also enjoys collaboration with other poets, artists and photographers, and is editor at V. Press. Her website is at: www.sarah-james.co.uk .
For Her, A Different Skin
Given the right blade, he might slit her.
Not for fox pelt sleekness, or rabbit warmth.
Hang legs from a rafter, limbs parted.
Not for the lush flush of raw pain.
Unseam a red circle; cut deeper.
Not for a bitter scream’s squeezed juice.
Slice the underside, finger it from bone.
For the guts’ intricacy untangled.
Slide away cartilage, loose from flesh.
For the pulsed butterflies, released.
Free intergluing membrane, slowly unsplice.
For the cracked almond heart, relieved.
Glide hand between, peel from carcass.
In hope of finding skin which fits,
without snicking any arteries.