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SELF-PORTRAIT WITH WANT by Despy Boutris

SELF-PORTRAIT WITH WANT
by Despy Boutris

Published September 16, 2022

Like any girl, I hide a growl beneath my tongue. 

 

I’m always all weed, all mayhem & untamed animal. 

 

A rough child—all pocket-knife, wolf-soft in the grass.

 

A hot curse of bones climbing over crawdads, 

 

my body a berry hemorrhaging. Nothing 

 

but hands stained with want. Meadow of briars.

 

Burning barn. All salt & sweat, all touch & greed. 

 

All animal on my knees. Not girl, only growl, only fiend

 

An ocean of hunger. Garden held in my hands.

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Despy Boutris

Despy Boutris is the author of the fiction chapbook Burials (Bull City Press, 2022) and also has appeared in Ploughshares, Guernica, Agni, Copper Nickel, Cincinnati Review, American Poetry Review, Gettysburg Review, and elsewhere. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of The West Review.